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Ambulatory Health Care, Hospitals, Critical Access Hospitals, Laboratory

Facts about the Cooperative Accreditation Initiative

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The Joint Commission launched the Cooperative Accreditation Initiative in 1995 to reduce the cost and duplication of survey and inspection activity experienced by hospitals and other health care organizations.

Related Topics: Fact Sheets, Laboratory Accreditation Program, Accreditation

07/18/2014

Advanced Disease-Specific Care Certification , Disease-Specific Care, Health Care Staffing Services, Palliative Care

Facts about scoring and the certification decision

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The scoring and decision process for certification is based on the criticality of the standards and other requirements related to the quality and safety of patient care.

Related Topics: Certification, Palliative Care, Health Care Staffing, Disease-Specific Care, Fact Sheets, Certification Fact Sheets

07/18/2014

Facts about patient-centered communications

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Effective communication is critical to the successful delivery of health care services. The Joint Commission supports a number of efforts to improve communication between health care professionals and patients. It’s been estimated that there are more than 300 languages spoken in the United States...

Related Topics: Patient Safety Fact Sheets, Patient-centered communications, Fact Sheets, Hospital, Language, & Culture , Health Literacy, Speak Up, Patient Safety

07/17/2014

Ambulatory Health Care, Hospitals, Critical Access Hospitals, Behavioral Health Care, Laboratory , Nursing Care Center, Office-Based Surgery, Home Care, Advanced Disease-Specific Care Certification , Disease-Specific Care, Health Care Staffing Services, Palliative Care

Facts about Joint Commission Accreditation and Certification

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Today, more than 20,500 health care organizations and programs in the United States have been certified or accredited by The Joint Commission.

Related Topics: Accreditation, About The Joint Commission, Certification, Fact Sheets

07/16/2014

Ambulatory Health Care, Hospitals, Critical Access Hospitals, Behavioral Health Care, Laboratory , Nursing Care Center, Office-Based Surgery, Home Care, Advanced Disease-Specific Care Certification , Disease-Specific Care, Health Care Staffing Services

Facts about The Joint Commission

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Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 20,500 health care organizations and programs in the United States. An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care

Related Topics: About The Joint Commission, Fact Sheets, Corporate Fact Sheets

07/16/2014

Nursing Care Center

Facts about Memory Care accreditation requirements and optional Memory Care Certification for Nursing Care Centers

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On July 1, 2014, new Memory Care requirements became effective for the Nursing Care Center Accreditation program. In addition, The Joint Commission introduced a new, optional Memory Care Certification within its Nursing Care Center Accreditation program in July 2014.

Related Topics: Memory Care, Alzheimer's Disease, Nursing Home, Nursing Care Center, Fact Sheets

07/03/2014

Hospitals, Critical Access Hospitals

Facts about the Official “Do Not Use” List of Abbreviations

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In 2001, The Joint Commission issued a Sentinel Event Alert on the subject of medical abbreviations, and just one year later, its Board of Commissioners approved a National Patient Safety Goal...

Related Topics: Patient Safety, Fact Sheets, Patient Safety Fact Sheets

06/27/2014

International Certification, International Accreditation

Facts about Joint Commission International

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Joint Commission International (JCI) was established in 1994 as a division of Joint Commission Resources, Inc. (JCR), a private, not-for-profit affiliate of The Joint Commission.

Related Topics: Joint Commission International, About The Joint Commission, Fact Sheets, Corporate Fact Sheets

05/16/2014

Ambulatory Health Care, Hospitals, Critical Access Hospitals, Behavioral Health Care, Nursing Care Center, Office-Based Surgery, Home Care

Accreditation Process Overview

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The Joint Commission’s accreditation process seeks to help organizations identify and resolve problems and to inspire them to improve the safety and quality of care and services provided. The process focuses on systems critical to the safety and the quality of care, treatment and services.

Related Topics: Fact Sheets, Accreditation Process, Behavioral Health Care, Accreditation

03/19/2014

Facts about the Board of Commissioners

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The Board of Commissioners is The Joint Commission’s governing body, providing policy leadership and oversight.

Related Topics: Hospital, Fact Sheets, About The Joint Commission, Board of Commissioners, Corporate Fact Sheets

03/14/2014

Facts about the Nursing Advisory Council

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The Nursing Advisory Council, established in 2003, counsels The Joint Commission on present and evolving nursing- and patient care-related issues that are impacting health care quality and patient safety; shares perspectives on Joint Commission initiatives that may impact the nursing profession. . .

Related Topics: Advisory Group Fact Sheets, Nurse, Fact Sheets

03/14/2014

Ambulatory Health Care, Hospitals, Critical Access Hospitals, Behavioral Health Care, Laboratory , Nursing Care Center, Office-Based Surgery, Home Care

Facts about the Tracer Methodology

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A key part of The Joint Commission’s on-site survey process is the tracer methodology. The tracer methodology uses information from the organization to follow the experience of care, treatment, or services for a number of patients through the organization’s entire health care delivery process.

Related Topics: Nursing Care Center, Tracer Methodology, Fact Sheets, Ambulatory Health Care, Behavioral Health Care, Critical Access Hospital, Laboratory Accreditation Program, Hospital, Home Care

01/07/2014

The Joint Commission Mission Statement

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Mission: To continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and...

Related Topics: About The Joint Commission, Fact Sheets

08/15/2009