Accreditation and certification
What does it mean to be certified?
Doctors that are board-certified have finished their education and training, and have passed tests given by a certifying board. Doctors take these exams in a specialty in which they have received advanced training.
They’re also required by most specialty boards to continue learning throughout their careers. They need this education to become re-certified or to maintain their certification.
Who certifies my doctor?
Depending on what type of care provider you see, your doctor may be certified by a different group or board. Here’s a list of groups that generally certify your care providers:
- Physicians (MDs)
- Doctors of Osteopathy (DOs)
- Advanced Practice Nurses (includes nurse practitioners, nurse midwives, and clinical nurse specialists)
- American Nurses Credentialing Center
- American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
- Pediatric Nurses Certification Board
- American College of Nurse-Midwives Certification Council
- Physicians Assistants
- Podiatrists (DPM)
- Dentists-Oral Maxillofacial Surgery
What does it mean to be accredited?
If a facility is accredited, it means its services have met nationally recognized standards for delivering quality care.
HealthPartners accreditation is reviewed every three years. Quality improvement staff review any issues regarding the hospital’s quality of service and take action as needed.
Who decides if a facility is accredited?
There are many different agencies that determine health care accreditation. For hospitals the most common agency is the Joint Commission of Healthcare Organizations (Joint Commission).