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Practice – Healthcare Accreditation Healthcare systems and patients benefit from accreditation standards. Many accrediting bodies are represented in various practice settings. This activity is designed to expose you to some of the major aspects of accreditation and see how it affects quality and safety. Explore The Joint Commission or US Department of Health and Human Services (choose one to explore) sites to understand what standards these accreditors require participants to meet. Consider: History and original purpose for creation Purpose for existence now—how has it evolved? Where the requirements for each agency are publicly reported Why public reporting of metrics is important How each body operates Although we focused on HHS or The Joint Commission in this activity, there are many other accrediting bodies to consider: Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) Accreditation Commission for Health Care, Inc. (ACHC) American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF) American Osteopathic Association Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (AOA/HFAP) Center for Improvement in Healthcare Quality (CIHQ) Community Health Accreditation Program (CHAP) Det Norske Veritas Healthcare (DNV Healthcare) Review and discuss the prompts above. Format your assignment as one of the following: 400-550- word paper Another format approved by your instructor Minimum 1 reference (website does count)