The National Urgent Care Center Accreditation program is an independent, non-profit organization that provides accreditation to properly qualified Urgent Care Centers throughout the United States. The National Urgent Care Center accreditation program is recognized by leading medical organizations to provide such accreditation.

The idea of quality in medical care encompasses many things: a compassionate attitude, a broad, up-to-date base of knowledge, aptitude in diagnostics, procedures, and selecting appropriate treatment, and good communication skills are all important attributes for healthcare providers. Health care facilities similarly have characteristics that reflect quality of care. Cleanliness, safety and appropriate policies and procedures are just a few of these.

National Urgent Care Center Accreditation (NUCCA) has created an accreditation process that is ideally suited for the Urgent Care center. The National Urgent Care Center Accreditation (NUCCA) program was designed by Urgent Care physicians for Urgent Care physicians. NUCCA surveyors have extensive experience in Urgent Care Medicine and understand the issues related to working in this industry. They provide consultative feedback on what each organization does well and methods of improvement. This type of survey brings qualified, expert leaders in the industry to work with each organization to educate and counsel them on how to achieve the highest levels of quality in Urgent Care Medicine.

The assurance that healthcare providers and facilities maintain appropriate levels of quality is of vital importance to patients and those who pay for their care. Most patients and payers, however, do not have the time or expertise to formally evaluate this. While state medical licensing boards assure appropriate levels of provider quality, various independent surveying agencies have been established to assess the quality of healthcare facilities.

Organizations such as the Joint Commission and the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) have provided accreditation for a variety of facilities, including hospitals, nursing care centers, pharmacies, assisted living communities, surgical centers, primary care providers and ambulatory health care for many years.

Recognizing the need for an accreditation program specifically focused on the unique nature of the Urgent Care center, NUCCA developed a program of survey and accreditation specially designed for Urgent Care centers. NUCCA created a program of accreditation that is more streamlined, emphasizing the most important elements of quality for Urgent Care providers and facilities.

The intent of accreditation is to symbolize - to patients, payers, and colleagues - the highest level of commitment to one's patients and the practice of Urgent Care Medicine.

The NUCCA accreditation program is economical, convenient, streamlined and practical.

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