Proudly Serving Healthcare Organizations Since 1999
CIHQ is a member-based organization comprised of hospitals
and other healthcare entities throughout the United States.
Welcome to the CIHQ Hospital Accreditation Division
The Center for Improvement in Healthcare Quality (CIHQ) is the nation's newest accreditation provider approved by CMS to deem acute care hospitals as meeting Medicare Conditions of Participation.

Our program strives to ensure that patients receive care in organizations that exceed minimum standards set forth by the federal government.

We are committed to helping hospitals improve the quality of care rendered in their community by providing the tools and support they need in a collegial, respectful, educational, and cost-effective manner.

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Information Center
Hospital Accreditation Program
Enter this section to learn about our policies, standards, survey procedures, pricing, and other important information

Disease Specific Certification Program
Enter this section to learn about CIHQ's evidence-based disease specific certification programs in primary stroke, stroke ready hospital, heart failure, and joint replacement surgery.

Center of Excellence Designation Program
Enter this section to learn about our unique Center of Excellence Designation program specifically designed for LTAC and Rehabilitation Hospitals.

For the Public
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• • • News Flash • • •
CIHQ congratulates
PIH Health Hospital - Downey
on achieving accreditation!
"Approximately nine months ago, PIH Health Hospital – Downey began seeking a different general acute hospital accrediting survey experience; one in which staff, physicians and leadership would undergo a collaborative, educational opportunity during the survey process. Fortunately, we were familiar with The Center for Improvement in Healthcare Quality (CIHQ) through their consulting services related to past accreditation survey preparation with PIH Health. We selected CIHQ as our accrediting agency early in 2017 and underwent our first survey with them in June 2017. The process was well defined and organized throughout the entire three day survey and communication from the surveyors was frequent and thorough. The focus on CMS conditions of participation was refreshing and the surveyors interpretation of the standards was clearly communicated in an easily understood style. Several staff, physician and leaders commented post survey on being pleasantly surprised with the cooperative approach by the surveyors and stated this was the best survey experience they have encountered in their careers. For myself, instead of three days of stress and anxiety, the survey was a positive educational experience and I am grateful to Rick Curtis and his team for imparting their knowledge to us in such a professional and collaborative manner. I look forward to our continued relationship with CIHQ."
Ramona Pratt, Chief Operating Officer
PIH Health Hospital - Downey

»What other CIHQ Accredited Hospitals are saying!

Center for Improvement in Healthcare Quality (CIHQ)
P.O. Box 3620
McKinney, TX 75070
Phone: 866-324-5080 | Fax: 805-934-8588

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