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Benchmarking Requirement Added to QRCR Hospital Criteria

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November 10, 2010

In order to ensure the Quality Respiratory Care Recognition (QRCR) awarded by the AARC is reflective of the highest standards in the industry, the AARC Board of Directors has approved a new benchmarking criteria to be added to the list of requirements hospitals must adhere to in order to receive the designation.

Beginning with the new enrollment/reenrollment period, which runs from Jan.1–Mar. 31, 2011, QRCR will require hospitals to:

Use a process that periodically compares performance of the respiratory therapy department on efficiency and quality metrics with similar departments for the purpose of identifying and achieving best practice.

“The process of using efficiency and quality metrics to compare performance—commonly referred to as ‘benchmarking’—is universally recognized as a valid methodology to evaluate how one compares to other departments of similar size and scope of service,” says AARC Director of Management and Education Bill Dubbs, MHA, MEd, RRT, FAARC. “In adopting this new standard for the hospital QRCR program, the AARC is encouraging respiratory therapy departments to continuously evaluate their staffing levels and improve their quality of services.”

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QRCR participation gives hospitals something to brag about, like the VA Medical Center in Washington DC does.