Facilities Seeking In-State Verification

The State of Michigan verification process provides an objective, external review of institutional capabilities and performance. It is designed to assist hospitals in the evaluation and improvement of trauma care. The on-site review is conducted by healthcare professionals with expertise in trauma care and trauma program development. The review team assesses commitment, readiness, resources, policies, patient care, performance improvement, and other relevant criteria as outlined by the State of Michigan and American College of Surgeons.

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  1. Begin to collect and analyze data to begin program development and identify the level of designation that matches resources.
  2. Review the Michigan Criteria.
  3. Review the American College of Surgeons Resources for the Optimal Care of the Injured Patient 2014.
  4. Function as a trauma facility for at least 12 months. This includes the collection and submission of data, performance improvement, and injury prevention.
  5. Submit a Request for In-State Verification Site Review. Please note, submission of this document signals that the facility has developed their trauma program and will be ready for a site review in at least 90 days.
  6. Submit the Pre-Review Questionnaire (PRQ) no later than 45 days prior to the scheduled site visit.
  7. Submit the Application for Designation no later than 45 days prior to the scheduled site visit.
  8. Prepare for the scheduled site visit by having all documents and medical records carefully organized and accessible to the reviewers. The PRQ will serve as a guide for the site review. However, the site reviewers may look beyond the requested documents and medical records if additional validation of compliance is needed. Before the site review is completed, the site reviewers will discuss their findings with the facility.
  9. The site reviewer reports will go to the Designation Subcommittee who will make a recommendation on designation determination to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.
  10. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services makes the final designation determination. The facility will be notified by the State Verification/Designation Coordinator of the final designation determination.

Relevant Documents and Resources:

Level III (Revised 8/6/18)

Level IV (Revised 8/6/18)

Site Visit Resources (Revised 8/6/18)
Resources to assist in-state facilities to prepare and organize for a site visit.

*Only applicable to facilities undergoing an on-site focused review.

Post Site Visit Resources

Designation Appeal Policy