ED Accreditation Update

Urgent care group, Joint Commission form alliance

The Joint Commission and the Urgent Care Association of America (UCAOA) have formed a partnership to provide quality oversight for urgent care clinics.

Both organizations provide accreditation for urgent care clinics, but in the new alliance, the UCAOA will discontinue its accreditation program and focus its support on services available under The Joint Commission's Ambulatory Care Accreditation Program. The collaboration will include development of quality standards specific to urgent care, targeted for introduction in 2010.

Earlier this year, UCAOA joined The Joint Commission's Ambulatory Professional and Technical Advisory Committee to provide input on standards and other issues. There are an estimated 8,000 urgent care centers in the United States.