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CIHQ is a member-based organization comprised of hospitals
and other healthcare entities throughout the United States.
Center of Excellence Designation
The CIHQ "Center of Excellence" designation program recognizes long-term acute care and rehabilitation hospitals that demonstrate compliance to standards designed to assure desired outcomes in patient safety and quality for these specific patient populations.

The standards and survey procedures are based on the following:

  • Regulations promulgated by the Center for Medicare Services (CMS)
  • Practice guidelines established by the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ)
  • Guidelines established by the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN)
  • Guidelines established by the National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • Guidelines established by the National Quality Forum (NQF)
  • Recommendations from the American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (AAPMR) - for rehabilitation hospitals

Click here to download the standards and policies for designation as a Center of Excellence in Rehabilitation Services

Click here to download the standards and policies for designation as a Center of Excellence in Long Term Acute Care

Center of Excellence designation is not a separate and distinct survey activity. Rather, it is integrated into the organization's accreditation survey. Designation standards are a set of focused requirements that the organization must meet in addition to the accreditation standards.

A designation survey occurs during the organization's accreditation survey. Assessment of compliance to designation standards is interwoven into the accreditation survey activities. In some cases, the overall length of the survey and/or the number of surveyors may be expanded in order to accomplish this function. If an organization wishes to apply for designation, and have a focused survey outside of its initial or triennial accreditation survey, then CIHQ will work with the organization to develop a specific agenda and survey.

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P.O. Box 3620
McKinney, TX 75070
Phone: 866-324-5080 | Fax: 805-934-8588

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