The Joint Commission's Management of the Patient with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Certification Program was developed through a collaborative partnership with the American Lung Association. The most successful COPD programs possess the following attributes:
The COPD specific requirements for this program were developed using:
The Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) Global Strategy for the Diagnosis, Management, and Prevention of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (2006)
The American Thoracic Society/European Respiratory Society Standards for the Diagnosis and Management of Patients with COPD (updated 2005) as resources.
The Joint Commission's Certificate of Distinction for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease recognizes organizations that make exceptional efforts to foster better outcomes for COPD patients.
Achievement of certification signifies that the services you provide have the critical elements to achieve long-term success in improving outcomes. It is the best signal to your community that the quality of care you provide is effectively managed to meet the unique and specialized needs of COPD patients. In fact, demonstrating compliance with these national standards and performance measurement expectations may help obtain contracts from employers and purchasers concerned with controlling costs and improving productivity.
Outpatient and ambulatory care settings (including those that are part of hospital settings) that provide care and services to patients who have COPD.
Standards: Programs applying for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Certification will be evaluated using the standards in the Disease-Specific Care Certification Manual.
Clinical Practice Guidelines: The program must demonstrate conformity with clinical practice guidelines or evidence-based practice that includes the COPD specific requirements that are integrated with the Disease-Specific Care standards.
Performance Measures: All certified COPD programs will be required to comply with the Phase I requirements for performance measurement until standardized performance measures have been identified.