URAC Accreditation

 Goal: To help students who drop out of college as a result of drug addiction to transform their lives and continue with their studies.

Plan: Establish a drug rehabilitation facility and equip it with the necessary equipment and qualified personnel. The facility will help the drug addict students to change their addiction problems and concentrate on their academics. This service will ensure an increased quality of education and promote the competitiveness of the institution.

Background Information on Accreditation

According to Mays (2004), accreditation is always a voluntary program whereby qualified external reviewers assess a healthcare institution’s compliance and compare the organization with pre-established performance standards. Establishment of the facility will be designed to help the addicted students to not only cleanse their bodies but also enable them learn how to cope with the addiction. The objective of this paper is to develop a plan to gain URAC Accreditation for the newly introduced Drug Rehab and Rehabilitation facility. URAC is a non-profit organization that aims at promoting health care equality by accrediting healthcare institutions.

According to Montagu (2003), the organization’s accreditation process involves the review of procedures and policies and visiting the organization to find out if, indeed, it operates according to its. Once the applicant organization successfully passes the URAC review, URAC offers accreditation valid for two to three years from which the institution must undergo the review process again. If URAC finds that the organization is not operating according to the stated policies, it revokes the accreditation of the organization.

Why accreditation?

The plan needs URAC Accreditation on the quality and qualification of personnel and equipment to improve the quality of healthcare and promote the academic development of students. This introduction of the facility on campus is as a result of drug addiction of students leading to their expulsion from the college. The parents have on several occasion, complained and demanded the institution to find a solution to this problem. In response to the parent’s demands, the university considered opening a drug addiction and a rehabilitation center. The facility will help the students who are addicted to reform and change their lives, rather than the institution expelling them.

Duration for the facility

According to David (2014), the plan involves a rigorous process of thoroughly reviewing the equipment and personnel who are eligible to work in the drug addiction and rehabilitation facility. This program is set to take a short period running from three weeks to three months to a long term period of more than three months to eighteen months. This duration depends on the length of the addiction, which varies from person to person (David, 2014). The longer the stay, the better and the more successful the recovery from the addiction. When admitted to the facility, an addict will be given an assessment. According to David (2014), during the assessment, the facility’s staff will take the medical history and personalities of the patient including the nature of the addiction. This evaluation will determine how much time the addict needs to stay in the facility while receiving treatment. The next step of the treatment will involve detoxification. Cerqueira (2006) believes that the detoxification may take four to fourteen days, and the duration time it takes to detoxify the addict’s body will influence the time for the treatment of the addiction.

Resources needed for the facility

The drug addiction and rehabilitation center established will have treatment facilities that will provide the addicts with constant care. According to Mays (2004) the addicts need to be comfortable since they go to the facility voluntarily with the aim of transforming their lives. The patients also expect to receive help with all aspects of addiction. The facility will consist of the necessary equipment, doctors, counselors and nurses who will take care of the addicts. The cost of the program is dependent upon whether the patient is an outpatient or inpatient (David, 2014). The program will charge a minimum of $7,500 per month, for the low luxury programs and up to $20,000 per month for the high-end luxury program. The research-based estimate ranges from $18,000 to $35,000. This facility will employ two doctors, three counselors, and six nurses. The cost of hiring one doctor per month is an average of $12,500 depending on experience and academic qualification. The counselors will earn a minimum of $8,300 while the cost of hiring one nurse is a minimum of $5,000 per month.

The institution will also employ other support staffs. Their wages will depend on their qualifications and job group. However, the organization decided to lower the cost to make it affordable for the students within the institution and from other institutions. Nevertheless, these costs might be significantly reduced if the facility is not accredited. This reduction in cost is because people will not have trust in the quality of its services. Therefore, the institution will have to lower the monthly fee to attract clients. The reduction in the revenue means that the facility may not be able to sustain itself. The workers need to pay from the revenue collected. The institution will be running at a loss.

The institution’s facility will also face great competitions from other accredited institutions providing the same services. However, the following four things will affect the cost of the program:

  • Duration of the program
  • Amenities provided
  • Location
  • Type of the program

According to David (2014), the duration of the program will affect the total cost. For a short program, the duration is from three weeks to one month that translates to a lower total cost of the program. For a long program, the period runs from three months to eighteen months, which translates to a higher overall cost.

The amenities of this program range from animal therapy to professional chefs and to high-end programs such as massage therapy, acupuncture and yoga classes that aid in quick recovery from addiction. Cerqueira (2006) argues that the counselor will determine the time of stay during the intake session for best recovery. The situation of the facility will as well affect operational cost and the service cost. If the location of the facility is in areas such as the beachfront, then the revenue will be high (Montagu, 2003). When the rehabilitation facility is far from the clients, then the cost of traveling will add to the overall cost (Cerqueira, 2006). The type of program one wants to enroll will also affect the price. For an inpatient, the costs are higher since the patient is required to live on the premises. For outpatient, the cost is low since the patient is not required to stay in within the premises (Montag, 2003).

Methods

For URAC to offer accreditation to the new facility, the following things must conform to the policies of URAC:

  • Staff Qualifications- for the facilities accredited by URAC, the doctors, and the nurses are required to be licensed or certified by the accredited institution.
  • Quality Assurance-URAC requires a thorough review of service quality and utilization and analysis of the patient’s outcomes to ensure effectiveness. The quality assurance will also include the study of the equipment used.

In summary, the newly created facility must comply with URAC’s requirements for it to be accredited. This program will significantly improve academic performance and transformation of drug-addicted students. Accreditation of drug addiction and rehabilitation facility will ensure that customers get the best healthcare, although it cannot guarantee one successful outcome.

References

Cerqueira, M. (2006). The Literature review on the benefits, challenges and trends in accreditation as a quality assurance system. Victoria: The British Columbia Ministry of Children and Family Development.

David Sack. (2014). What Does Drug Rehab Accreditation Really Mean? sychCentral.com.

Mays, G. P. (2004). Can accreditation work in public health? Lessons learned from other service industries.

Montagu, D. (2003). The Accreditation and other external quality assessment systems for healthcare. DFID Health Systems Resource Centre Working Paper.  .