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Merger of CARF and CCAC means good news for everyone involved. (Your Voice).

Editor's Note: Please see page 12 for the news story on this merger.

Two vital organizations have united to breathe new life into a mission that focuses on high quality standards and a vision that seeks to bring cohesiveness to a fragmented marketplace. The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) has acquired the Continuing Care Accreditation Commission (CCAC), an accrediting body founded in 1985 by the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (AAHSA) in Washington, D.C.

CCAC accredits aging services continuums, including continuing care retirement communities and other retirement organizations. Similarly, CARF has accredited more than 3,800 organizations in the United States, Canada, and Western Europe in the areas of adult day services, assisted living, behavioral health (including opiod treatment), employment and community services and medical rehabilitation.

CARF-CCAC, as the organization is now known, believes this joining of forces is good news for consumers and long term care providers.

According to CARF President and Chief Executive Officer Brian Boon, Ph.D, the merger is "a positive and exciting step for those seeking top-quality care for themselves or a loved one."

Consumers will now be able to navigate the complex range of aging services more easily and confidently so that they can make better, more informed choices. They'll now be able to identify high-quality care providers across a wide array of human services--from children's services to those for older adults--via a uniquely independent accrediting organization. CARF-CCAC will help consumers identify what quality looks like, where to find it and how to demand it.

Meanwhile, the combined power of CCAC and CARF--through the organizations' unified research, marketing and educational resources--will enable development of new accreditation services tailored to specific needs. Providers will also have the advantage of "one-stop-shopping" by being able to attain accreditations for more than one program or service by going to one expert accreditation entity.

The new organization also means good things for members of AAHSA, which has embraced CCAC's standards in developing its Quality First initiative, designed to achieve excellence in aging services and earn public trust. In the words of AAHSA President and Chief Executive Officer Larry Minnix Jr., the reinforced value of accreditation among AAHSA members should "help 'raise the bar' for quality care and services."

There will be few organizational changes initially. The commission and the Financial Advisory Panel (FAP), which reviews CCAC candidate organizations' financial data, will stay intact, and the CCAC brand name and seal of excellence will not change in the first year. Additionally, CARF is continuing to use the CCAC accreditation program and procedures as well as the current standards, which focus on three core areas of an organization's business: governance; finance and strategy; and health and wellness.

CARF has a strong reputation for its sophisticated use of technology and its highly effective business practices. The new organization will help CCAC better serve its customers by streamlining processes, expanding accreditation to reach more consumers and creating one industry leader in accreditation.

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Amanda Finnegan

Manager of Communications and Marketing

Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities-Continuing Care Accreditation Commission
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Title Annotation:Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities/Continuing Care Accreditation Commission merger
Publication:Contemporary Long Term Care
Date:May 1, 2003
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