1. Consulting with a specific CARF resource specialist.
CARF has many resources specialists who can help facilities with the accreditation process. It is important to consult with one of these specialists to ensure that the facility meets all of the standards.
2. Conducting a self-evaluation prior to CARF’s arrival.
Prior to CARF's arrival, it is important for the facility to conduct a self-evaluation. This will help ensure that the facility is aware of any areas that need improvement and can address them before receiving the audit.
3. Submitting the survey application.
The survey application must be submitted along with the fee in order for CARF to conduct an audit.
4. Paying the CARF surveyor fee.
The surveyor fee must be paid in order for CARF to send an auditor to the facility.
5. Participating in the CARF extensive audit.
The audit is comprehensive and includes interviews with staff and patients, as well as a review of medical records. It is important for the facility to fully participate in this process so that they can receive feedback on how they can improve their care.
6. Waiting to receive the findings from the CARF audit.
After the audit is complete, it takes some time for CARF to compile all of the findings and release them to the facility. It is important to be patient during this time and review the findings once they are released.