Clinic Quality: Accreditation Icons
When looking at a clinic or hospital profile on Zentist, you’re most likely wondering what all of those accreditation icons mean. While patient reviews are very valuable, those reviews often aren’t enough to make an informed choice. Joint Commission International (JCI), The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), Trust Effective Medicine Optimized Services (TEMOS), International Society for Quality in Healthcare (ISQuA), and American Dental Association (ADA) are all medical facility accreditation services that award certifications to international clinics that meet or exceed the highest of quality standards.
The process of accreditation involves assessment by an independent agency. The bottom line is that accreditation provides a patient an easy way to determine whether an international clinic provides top quality services that are safe.
Let’s take a look at some of the major accrediting agencies:
As the International division of Joint Commission Resources, Joint Commission International (JCI) has been working with healthcare providers, ministries of health, and global organizations in more than 80 countries since 1999. JCI has evaluated more than 700 clinics and hospitals around the world and is the gold standard for hospitals and clinics worldwide. JCI’s evaluation criteria include facility, quality, safety, and continuity of care among other factors, which makes it the most comprehensive and trusted accreditation for any clinic.
The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) is an accreditation organization, which accredits US hospitals to the NCQA’s impeccable standards. The NCQA seal is a widely recognized symbol of quality. Organizations incorporating the seal into advertising and marketing materials must first pass a rigorous, comprehensive review and must annually report on their performance. For consumers and employers, the seal is a reliable indicator that an organization is well managed and delivers the highest quality of care and service.
Trust Effective Medicine Optimized Services (TEMOS) and is a certifying body specializing in clinics catering to medical travelers or international patients. Medical facilities that are awarded the TEMOS Certificate have implemented and have already been working according to a nationally or internationally established Quality Management System (QMS) and additionally fulfill the strict TEMOS quality criteria for international patients’ treatment. TEMOS validates and certifies the quality of the medical and non-medical services in order to ensure maximum transparency, safety, satisfaction and to provide optimized treatment abroad among patients, healthcare workers, and third parties (i.e. insurance companies).
The International Society for Quality in Healthcare (ISQua) is a key partner of the World Health Organization (WHO). ISQua’s International Accreditation Program assesses the standards of accrediting agencies to ensure that all certifying bodies are following the same, high level of international standards. ISQua specifically focuses on the standards of accreditors who set benchmarks in healthcare safety and quality, and it is the only organization that specifically uses both health and social care standards.
The American Dental Association’s (ADA) Commission develops and administers standards that encourage the continuous improvement of quality improvement among dental and dental-related educational programs. The Commission develops standards for educational programs and makes accreditation decisions about individual educational programs.
In addition to verifying clinic and hospital accreditations, it is vital to review your doctor’s credentials, including board certification. Reviewing all of these standards will ensure that you will be receiving the highest quality of care.
At Zentist, our dentists list the accreditations that their clinic has earned, and we’re always available to answer your questions!