GHA Accreditation for Medical Travel

GHA Accreditation for Medical Travel is for hospitals and ambulatory centers that seek to enhance patient experience and elevate the performance of their medical travel program through the implementation and validation of international best practices as advocated by GHA.

GHA Accreditation complements existing national and international clinical accreditation programs. While these programs traditionally focus on the quality and patient safety aspects of care for the entire organization, GHA conducts an in-depth review of the organization’s medical travel program to enhance the Patient Experience, Sustainable Business Processes and Patient-Focused Clinical Processes. Thus, our standards are specific to medical travel and not redundant to clinical accreditations. 

GHA’s Standards 4.1 and 5.0 for Medical Travel have been accredited by The International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQua EEA), widely recognized as the “accreditor of accreditors” and the reference point for international healthcare accrediting bodies seeking an external validation of their standards.

The objective of the GHA accreditation process is to effectively and efficiently position healthcare providers to attract and serve medical travel patients, thus improving not only clinical outcomes and patient satisfaction, but also to positively impact an organizations’ business performance.

Benefits of GHA Accreditation for Healthcare and Dental Providers

-Puts your organization in a position to increase medical travel patient revenue.

-Mitigate risks to medical travel patients and your medical travel program.

-Helps build trust with patients and other international payers.

-Differentiates your brand and provides a competitive edge.

-Enhance the medical travel patient experience across all touch points of your organization’s Medical Travel Care Continuum.

-Improve the business performance and operational excellence of your medical travel program.

-Position your organization for increased leadership in the international healthcare industry.

-Validate the quality and performance of your medical travel program.

-Join a prestigious network of GHA Accredited facilities around the globe with opportunities for networking and sharing best practices.

Eligibility Criteria for Seeking GHA Accreditation

Hospitals or ambulatory centers eligible for Global Healthcare Accreditation (GHA) For Medical Travel Services meet the following requirements:

  • The hospital or ambulatory center, such as an ambulatory surgery or dental clinic is currently licensed by relevant regulatory agencies to operate and provide patient services.  There are no contingencies or restrictions on the license.
  • The medical travel program is located within an accredited in-patient hospital or system, or within an accredited ambulatory center. This accreditation can be from a recognized national or international accreditation agency, such as those recognized by ISQua or other regulatory and professional bodies and must be current.*
  • The hospital or ambulatory center has a defined or formal medical travel program, which is responsible for the care coordination of patients who travel for their care, whether internationally or domestically, or who seek care and treatment from the program for other reasons.
  • The medical travel program has one or more individuals identified as accountable for the daily operations of the program and the quality of the services provided.
  • All clinical services are provided by currently licensed, competent health professionals.

*For hospitals who do not possess a national or international accreditation, please inquire about the GHA Certification for Excellence in Medical Travel Patient Experience.

How to Request GHA Accreditation:

To begin your journey towards GHA Accreditation, organizations should:

  1. Complete the Online Needs Assessment Form
  2. Once the form is reviewed, a GHA representative will contact you to schedule a call.
  3. If the organization decides to proceed with GHA Accreditation or is considering GHA Accreditation, a proposal will be provided that includes details and costs of all the proposed services.
  4. Upon agreement of the proposal, the organization will complete the Pre-Survey Questionnaire and will receive the GHA Standards Manual and related materials for review and use in the preparation phase prior to a GHA On-site Survey Visit.

To learn more about the GHA Accreditation process you can call us at (001-561-228-4014) or email:

You can also learn about the GHA Standards through our GHA Standards Brief available here.

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