Assignment: Accreditation Costs HCA 812
Costs of Accreditation
Accreditation of health care organizations is a significant task that has grown into a major industry. The costs of obtaining accreditation can be high, but the costs of not obtaining accreditation can be even higher. You will discuss the costs of a health care organization being (or not being) accredited in this assignment.
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This assignment requires at least two more scholarly research sources related to this topic, as well as at least one in-text citation from each source.
This assignment must be submitted to Turnitin. Follow the instructions in the Student Success Center. Turnitin accepts only Word documents as submissions.
Write a paper (1,250-1,500 words) about the costs of a health care organization being accredited (or not). Include the following topics in your conversation:
A summary of the goals of accreditation and the standards for accreditation.
A discussion of the financial, time, and other expenses associated with obtaining and maintaining accreditation.
A discussion of the consequences of not obtaining or losing accreditation.
A research-based assessment of whether accreditation is worthwhile.
You should proofread your paper. However, do not rely solely on your computer’s spell-checker and grammar-checker; failure to do so indicates a lack of effort on your part, and your grade will suffer as a result. Papers with a high number of misspelled words and grammatical errors will be penalized. Before submitting your paper, go over it in silence and then aloud, and make any necessary changes. It is often beneficial to have a friend proofread your paper for obvious errors. Uncorrected mistakes are preferable to handwritten corrections.
Use a standard 10 to 12 point typeface (10 to 12 characters per inch). Smaller or compressed type, as well as papers with narrow margins or single spacing, are difficult to read. It is preferable to allow your essay to exceed the recommended number of pages rather than attempting to compress it into fewer pages.
Large type, large margins, large indentations, triple-spacing, increased leading (space between lines), increased kerning (space between letters), and other such attempts at “padding” to increase the length of a paper are also unacceptable, waste trees, and will not fool your professor.
The paper must be neatly formatted, double-spaced, and have a one-inch margin on all four sides of each page. When submitting hard copies, use white paper and print with dark ink. It will be difficult to follow your argument if it is difficult to read your essay.