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How Is COVID-19 Affecting CARF® Surveys?

As COVID-19 continues to spread across the United States and the world as a whole, many facilities that were anticipating a CARF® survey are finding that they may have to wait longer than expected. In a statement posted on the CARF® International website, CEO Brian J. Boon, Ph.D. announced that all surveys with start dates of March 16 through May 31, 2020, have been postponed honoring national social distancing guidelines. And, although CARF® is still open and functional, surveys will also not be rescheduled until air travel and survey availability become more accessible.

Since health and human services facilities are considered essential, there is a good chance that many of the organizations preparing for a CARF® survey are still open. To continue to meet the goals and requirements set forth by CARF® International, all accredited organizations and organizations that are currently seeking accreditation should continue to focus on providing quality services to the persons they serve as this pandemic continues. However, ensuring the safety of employees should also be a primary focus by improving sanitization and disinfection methods that are currently being used.

Although CARF® is continuing to monitor the situation, this statement also included a list of community information and resources available through CARF® International’s partners. These resource pages are service industry-specific and are listed in alphabetical order to allow organizations to find the information that is most relevant to their service area quickly. As the situation continues to evolve, new and relevant information will continue to be available through this dedicated COVID-19 page.

The team at CARF® 101 continues to support organizations that are seeking CARF® accreditation and continues to work with organizations to provide the resources and information they need to not only meet CARF® expectations but to also better serve their communities during this public health crisis. For any organization that may want to focus on improving their CARF® compliance for an upcoming survey throughout this period, we encourage you to learn how Accreditation Now, Inc. can help with dedicated training modules and approved templates.

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