Explain the distinction between licensure, certification, and accreditation and name some of the entities or organizations responsible for carrying out each of these review processes.
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While licensure, certification, and accreditation are all important parts of healthcare organizations, they all serve different purposes and contain different characteristics. These terms are often used interchangeably but have distinct definitions. Licensure is a formal recognition by a regulation agency that someone is proficient in a skill to practice it in an area, often a state; certifications are credentials that individuals seek to prove their proficiency in certain specialties or procedures; accreditations are recognitions from non-governmental third-party agencies that someone has met predetermined standards. In regards to licensure, the biggest and most prevalent licensing body would be the medical boards of each state. For example, the Medical Board of California is the State agency that licenses medical doctors with the aim to protect health care consumers through proper licensing and regulation.
As for certification, some examples would include entities like the American College of Healthcare Executives. Lastly, for accreditation, The Joint Commission is the largest organization. In fact, during my residency at COPE, one of the engagements I worked on with the team was in regards to building a center of excellence in sleep, stroke, and spine. In order to do this, accreditation from The Joint Commission was necessary since they provide the appropriate quality measures and business plans needed to be considered a center of excellence. It was very interesting to see the complex working parts that were needed to build a center of excellence and the role the Joint Commission plays.