Our best-selling critical access hospital accreditation resource is available as a PDF. The PDF version of the 2024 Comprehensive Accreditation Manual for Critical Access Hospitals (CAMCAH) provides all critical access hospital standards, elements of performance (EPs), National Patient Safety Goals®, and Accreditation Participation Requirements (APRs) effective January 1, 2024.
Please note: This PDF manual is a digital version of the hard-copy 2024 CAMCAH effective January 1, 2024. It will not be updated throughout 2024. Please refer to your E-dition® for any updates.
Not sure if your organization is a critical access hospital? A critical access hospital is defined by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services as a hospital that offers limited services and is located more than 35 miles from a hospital or another critical access hospital or is certified by the state as being a necessary provider of health care services to residents in the area. It maintains no more than 25 beds that could be used for inpatient care. This manual won’t apply unless you meet those criteria.
Accreditation requirements, including standards, EPs, National Patient Safety Goals, and Accreditation Participation Requirements effective January 1, 2024
Accreditation process information about Joint Commission policies and procedures and practical survey preparation information on the Early Survey Policy, documentation requirements, standards applicability, and more
Keys to successfully using the manual for survey preparedness
Regulatory requirements for deemed status
Icons to help navigate documentation requirements as well as risk areas
“What’s New” summary of changes
Standards: All critical access hospital standards
Setting: Critical access hospitals
Key Audience: Staff responsible for accreditation, compliance, patient safety, or quality improvement in critical access hospitals or the distinct part psychiatric and/or rehabilitation distinct part units within a critical access hospital
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