Cira Medical Services Awarded Three-Year CARF Accreditation

Cira Medical Services (CNW Group/Cira Medical Services)

Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) International (CNW Group/Cira Medical Services)

Canada's leading provider of medical assessments and health services is recognized on international stage, receiving CARF's highest level of accreditation

TORONTO, Feb. 24, 2014 /CNW/ - Cira Medical Services (Cira) is pleased to announce that it has received a Three-Year Accreditation for its Independent Evaluation Services (IES) program from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) International, a globally respected, independent, non-profit accreditor of health and human services organizations.

CARF awarded Cira its highest level of international accreditation, confirming Cira's leadership position as a provider of medical assessments and health services in Canada. Cira's CARF accreditation establishes an industry benchmark and signals Cira's commitment to excellence to its clients and persons served. Extremely rare for a first-time applicant, Cira achieved near perfect results in the CARF surveying process, which validated the quality and integrity of all aspects of Cira's policies and procedures. The awarding of such a worldwide quality-centred accreditation is confirmation to Cira's stakeholders that its medical assessments and health services are of the highest caliber in comparison against international best practices and standards.

"Cira is honoured to be recognized as a leader in the industry for its national operations, and is proud to have achieved the highest-level of quality for its medical assessments and health services based on CARF's international standards," said Karen Seward, President, Cira Medical Services. "As an organization that is committed to helping Canadians live healthier lives, the CARF accreditation confirms that we are committed to a culture of excellence in everything we do. I'm grateful that international accreditors had the opportunity to witness first-hand the hard work, dedication, and professionalism of our team. Receiving international accreditation for three years validates our ongoing effort to be an industry-leading organization that provides valued services to both our clients and the individuals they refer to us."

CARF's surveyors commended Cira's performance measurement and management systems, health and safety policies and procedures, analysis and trending process reporting systems and extensive IT resources. Cira personnel were praised for being knowledgeable and passionate about meeting the needs of those being served and for taking a leading role in establishing best practices and promoting industry education.

"The CARF surveyors commended our commitment to transparency in policies and procedures and for the quality of our assessment services and clinical consultation processes," said Dr. Avi Orner. "I'm pleased that CARF also noted that our clients, whether insurers, employers, or members of the medico-legal community, were united in describing Cira as an organization committed to excellence and capable of managing cases across the full spectrum of clinical complexities with precision and expertise."

About Cira Medical Services (Cira)
Cira Medical Services is a leading national provider of medical assessments and health services for the corporate, insurance, and medical legal communities across Canada. With an unparalleled multidisciplinary network of medical professionals and highly qualified, on-staff industry experts, Cira pursues a results-oriented business model designed to meet the needs of each client. Cira is committed to helping Canadians live healthier lives and does so through unique service offerings such as Health Reach™ and Health Assess™. For more information on Cira's services, upcoming events and webinars, and to download one of Cira's white papers, visit www.ciramedical.ca.

About the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) International

CARF is an independent, non-profit accrediting body whose mission is to promote the quality, value, and optimal outcomes of services through a consultative accreditation process and continuous improvement services that center on enhancing the lives of the persons served. Founded in 1966 as the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, and now known as CARF International, the accrediting body establishes consumer-focused standards to help organizations measure and improve the quality of their programs and services. For more information about the accreditation process, please visit the CARF website at www.carf.org.


SOURCE Cira Medical Services

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For further information:

Karen Seward
President
Cira Medical Services
80 Dundas Street West, Ste. 1050
Toronto, Ontario M5G 1Z8
T: 1-800-483-3926
E: karen.seward@ciramedical.ca 

Bikram Daulay
Vice President of Marketing & Communications
SCM Insurance Services
101, 5083 Windermere Blvd. SW
Edmonton, Alberta T6W 0J5
T: 780‐930‐5321
E: bikram.daulay@scm.ca