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PHAB Issues New Guidance on Documentation for Accreditation

Wednesday, February 11, 2015  
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PHAB Issues New Guidance on Documentation for Accreditation
January 22, PHAB E-News

Based on numerous comments and requests from the field, PHAB has issued new guidance on the appropriateness of examples of activities for use as documentation for accreditation. A new tip sheet is now available that both explains a change in PHAB interpretation of appropriate examples and further clarifies PHAB policy. The tip sheet is provided to guide health departments as they prepare documentation for accreditation and Site Visitors as they assess health departments' documentation.

The focus of the PHAB Standards and Measures remains population-based disease prevention, health protection, and health promotion. "Population-based health are interventions aimed at disease prevention and health promotion that affect an entire population and extend beyond medical treatment by targeting underlying risks, such as tobacco, diet and sedentary lifestyles, and environmental factors." (Turnock, Bernard, "Public Health: What It Is and How It Works." Gaithersburg, MD: Aspen Publishers, Inc., 1997.)

Population-based prevention, health protection, and health promotion activities that address substance abuse, mental health, and family/partner violence are appropriate for use as PHAB documentation. Previously, PHAB interpreted all activities related to substance abuse, mental health, and family/partner violence as social/human services and not appropriate to use as examples for documentation for accreditation. Based on input from the field, the PHAB Accreditation Improvement Committee, and the PHAB Board of Directors, PHAB has revised its interpretation of these program areas. Population-based prevention, health protection, and health promotion activities that address substance abuse, mental health, and family/partner violence are appropriate to use as documentation for PHAB accreditation.

Individual patient care and associated interventions, whether provided in the clinic, home, or other facility such as a school or correctional facility, and case management components are not included in PHAB's scope of authority and are not appropriate for use as documentation. This policy has not changed.

Click here to access the newly issued tip sheet, which provides interpretation, guidance, and examples. Questions may be referred to PHAB Chief Program Officer Robin Wilcox at rwilcox@phaboard.org or a PHAB Accreditation Specialist.