Program Levels

Orthopaedic Specialty Certification (Foundational)

Specialty certification demonstrates that the organization has achieved recognition for a specialty program and has the required infrastructure to provide evidence-based care for a target population. To achieve this level, the organization must have the following:

  • A dedicated core team of clinicians that oversee the specialty program
  • Specialty CME training in place for core leaders
  • Specialty training in place for staff that provides direct care to specialty patients
  • Policies and order sets based on specialty specific evidence-based practice.

The survey is conducted onsite, one day with one clinical surveyor. 

Orthopaedic Advanced Specialty Certification (Advanced)

Advanced specialty certification demonstrates that the organization has met or exceeded the specialty level certification criteria and has the capacity to care for more complex patients and perform more complex procedures safely and effectively. To achieve this level, the organization must have the following:

  • A total joint replacement/spine program
  • A dedicated core team of clinicians with education and expertise in the specialty
  • Staff that are working toward specialty certification credentials
  • Performance measures that are collected and submitted to a nationally-recognized specialty registry

The survey is conducted onsite, one day with one clinical surveyor.