Standards of Excellence - Other State Examples
WAFCC is currently working on creating a Standards of Excellence for the Wisconsin free and charitable clinics. We are reviewing and working with the other state associations to understand their state standards. This project is funded in part by the Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Please see other state standards below.
North Carolina Association of Free and Charitable Clinics - "Membership Guidelines & Standards" and "Accreditation Program"
Ohio Association Free & Charitable Clinics - "Quality Care Standards"
Free Clinic Association of Pennsylvania - is in the pilot phase of their "Standards"
South Carolina Free Clinic Association - "Standards"
Virginia Association of Free and Charitable Clinics, Inc. - "Membership Standards"
Washington Healthcare Access Alliance - "Quality of Care Guidelines"
WV Association of Free & Charitable Clinics member clinics are NCQA patient-centered medical homes
National-Level Guides & Policies
WAFCC is also reviewing national-level standards. Please see below.
The American Medical Association Foundation and the American Health Lawyers Association in collaboration with the National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics have created a set of guidelines to help health care providers and community leaders overcome legal and operational hurdles often encountered in establishing free or charitable medical clinics in under-served communities - "Legal and Operational Guide for Free Medical Clinics"
The Free Clinics FTCA Program Policy Guide is the primary source for information on the Free Clinics FTCA Program i.e. Requirements for Medical Malpractice Coverage for Free Clinic Board Members, Officers, Employees, and Individual Contractors under the Affordable Care Act Amendment to 42 U.S.C. 233(o) - "FTCA Policies for Free Clinics"
NCQA Accreditation helps organizations win business, meet regulatory requirements and distinguish themselves from the competition. Accreditation supports to quality improvement and value - "NCQA Accreditation Programs", "HEDIS Measures", and "Patient-Centered Medical Home Designation"
THE JOINT COMMISSION
An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission accredits and certifies nearly 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. Joint Commission accreditation and certification is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to meeting certain performance standards - "Prepublication Standards", and " 2018 National Patient Safety Goals"