Value of Consulting, Why Hire a Consultant

As you prepare for your CARF survey, you may want to consider hiring a CARF consultant.  The best outcome from a CARF survey is a three-year accreditation outcome.  This means it will be three years before you have to go through another CARF survey.  However, if significant areas do not meet CARF standards resulting in recommendations, than your organization may only have a one-year accreditation outcome.  If serious there are many areas that do not meet the CARF standards, or serious problems in critical areas, such as safety,  it may result in a non-accreditation.  Below are the reasons why you may consider hiring a consult as you prepare for your CARF survey, even if you are already CARF accredited. 

Cost Effectiveness:

It is expensive to go through CARF accreditation both from the fees paid to CARF and the preparation time.  Because of this expense, you  may want to do everything you can to ensure you get the best possible outcome, a three-year accreditation.  Even if you are currently accredited and received a three-year accreditation outcome from your last survey, you may want to ensure that you are still meeting all the standards.   Note, almost every year there are some changes to the standards, some years those changes are significant.  Having a consultant to review your operations is cost effective and invaluable in preparing for your survey. 

Understanding the CARF Standards:

It greatly helps to understand why a particular standard has come to be.  Virtually all CARF standards have been created to protect your organization and ensure you are providing the best possible services.  The standards are based on international best practices.  The consultant will help you understand why a particular standard needs to be met.  Not all CARF standards are equal.  The consultant will assist you in identifying the most important standards and give you some ideas on how you can ensure you are meeting them.  All the consultants are knowledgeable of the standards and the history behind them, as well as being helpful in developing methods for meeting the standards.

Methods for Meeting the CARF Standards:

There are a lot of CARF standards.  Yet, by taking a systematic methodical approach you can greatly simplify the task of meeting the standards.  By putting into place certain operational systems, it will help your organization meet a number of the CARF standards.  This creates efficiency in both preparations of your survey, as well as on-going operations.  With the assistance of a consultant, you likely will find that getting ready for a CARF survey need not be as complicated as you may think. 

Sample Policies, Plans and Forms:

When you hire a consultant, you will have access to a variety of resources.  This includes examples of all the written requirements needed to become CARF accredited.  Your consultant will help tailor make these resources for your organization so that they are useful and beneficial.  Sometimes seeing how a standard is being met provides a great deal of understanding of the requirement.  It will make it much easier to meet the standards.