New standards answer
providers' and insurers' need for objective evaluations
February 9, 2012, Tucson, Arizona -- Responding to needs of
healthcare service providers and insurers, CARF International released
accreditation standards for independent evaluation services. The standards are
in the newly published 2012 Medical Rehabilitation Standards Manual,
available in electronic and print formats at www.carf.org/catalog
(in Canada, www.carf.org/catalogue).
Independent evaluation services coordinate and facilitate
objective, unbiased evaluations based on individualized referral questions;
effective and efficient use of resources; regulatory, legislative, and
financial implications; and relevant communication with stakeholders.
The standards for independent evaluation services can be
applied on CARF surveys conducted after June 30 this year.
The standards were drafted by an International Standards
Advisory Committee and then submitted to CARF's International Advisory Council
for review. CARF's approach to an inclusive standards development process
culminated in a broad field review, which invited comment from interested
professionals and the public, prior to the standards' adoption.
"Both service providers and insurance companies urged
CARF to review the independent evaluation services field to ensure consistency
of practices and also to address the unique needs of the populations the
providers and insurers serve," said Christine MacDonell, managing director
of CARF's Medical Rehabilitation accreditation area. "Independent
evaluations may be completed by one or more healthcare professionals who are
not involved in the care of the person served for the purpose of clarifying
clinical and case issues."
MacDonell continued, "In developing the standards, it
was essential to carry out CARF's mission of enhancing the lives of the persons
served. The new standards address specific diversity needs of individuals who
are involved in these evaluations. The International Standards Advisory
Committee and the robust field review process provided CARF with excellent
feedback on this new set of standards."
The delivery of independent evaluation services can occur in
a variety of settings, such as a healthcare environment, private practice,
community-based setting, or private or group residence. In view of the multiple
stakeholders involved, the standards for independent evaluation services
support transparency and exchange of information.
CARF's leadership in framing standards is backed by its
46-year history of accrediting health and human services.
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