What is Accreditation

Joint Commission accreditation can be earned by many types of health care organizations, including hospitals, doctor’s offices, nursing homes, office-based surgery centers, behavioral health treatment facilities, and providers of home care services.

What is Certification

Programs and services within your health care organization or community can seek certification from The Joint Commission. Details and eligibility requirements for each of our certification programs are listed below. We also offer resources to help you meet patient care and safety goals, and determine if you meet the required certification standards.

Scoring and Decisions

The scoring and decision process is based on the criticality of the standards and other requirements regarding their relationship to the quality and safety of patient care. The Joint Commission strives to ensure that standards compliance scoring and the accreditation decisions are:

  • Reflective of an organization’s performance with respect to Joint Commission standards and elements of performance (EPs).
  • Transparent – all components of the process are fully disclosed to accredited and certified organizations.
  • Easily understood by all involved parties.
  • Based on the premise that some standards are “critical,” or more directly impact the patient than others.