Achieving Joint Commission certification is something every healthcare staffing agency needs to make a decision on. Although the certification is not officially required, it may as well be as far as getting new contracts with hospitals goes. These days, many hospitals are screening staffing agencies from their RFP process and purging them from their staffing lists if they do not have the certification.
In 2005 The Joint Commission (JCAHO) starting offering certification programs for healthcare staffing agencies. Previously, this process was only part of hospital evaluations. The certification is not cheap and preparing for the process isn’t easy, especially when you have your day-to-day operations to manage. Further, once you’ve been certified, it’s imperative that you maintain the standards and processes that have been established in order to retain your certification.
Preparing for the Joint Commission certification process requires a significant amount of time and attention from your organization and can greatly distract you from growing your business. During this economy, the last thing you want to be is distracted. Therefore, this is the type of project that is best managed by outside consultants who are experts in the process and can guarantee your success.
One such company is Theodore Drew & Associates. Theodore Drew & Associates is a healthcare staffing consulting firm that launched in 2009. They have a 100% success rate at helping over 20 healthcare staffing companies across the nation achieve Joint Commission Certification.
Can Joint Commission Certification be used to increase Market Share?
In speaking with the Thad Dufelmeier, the owner of Theodore Drew & Associates, he stated the following:
“What must be understood regarding supplemental nurse staffing in this downturn is that the number of nurses employed by hospitals increased by 8% over the last 18 months. That’s almost 125,000 nurses.
At the AONE Conference in Indianapolis this year, the Nurse Executives I spoke with were relishing their ability to staff their hospitals with minimal use of supplemental staff. Many of them did acknowledge the higher cost of increased overtime and the development of internal staffing pools. However, they were mostly concerned about the quality issue when needing to use supplemental staff. Joint Commission Certification will increasingly be considered a solution to the that very legitimate concern.”
Who does Theodore Drew & Associates work with and… How do they do it?
Theodore Drew & Associates works primarily with small to mid-sized healthcare staffing companies across the country, guiding them through the process of becoming Joint Commission certified. “We basically turn a 2,000 hour project into a 200 hour project” claims Mr. Dufelmeier. Theodore Drew and Associates conduct in-depth gap analysis and create a comprehensive plan for each company to put them on track to becoming certified in a few months time. They also provide ongoing services to ensure you maintain your certification for years to come. All of their services are tailored to fit within your budget.
Theodore Drew & Associates also provides some free staffing agency resources on their site that are useful in helping you get a head start on the certification process.
Nurse Testing Creative Solutions and Rossa Rossa & Associates also provide similar services in this area.
If you haven’t yet gone through the process of becoming Joint Commission certified, I highly recommend you develop a plan to do so soon. I would also strongly recommend that this plan take into consideration working with one of these companies to make the process more efficient and far more affordable for you.