Determine Your Eligibility
Behind The Gold Seal of Approval®is a health care organization committed to quality. Seeking accreditation is voluntary and shows a commitment to ensuring a safe and effective environment for those you serve. Explore the types of organizations who are eligible to pursue Joint Commission accreditation below.
Ambulatory Health Care
- Surgery Centers
- Office-Based Surgery
- Imaging Centers
- Sleep Centers
- Urgent Care Centers
- Kidney Care
- Occupational Health
Behavioral Health Care
- Community mental health centers
- Addictions treatment
- Services supporting recovery
- Services supporting resilience
Critical Access Hospital
- Must be located in the United States or its territories. If outside the United States, must be operated by the U.S. government or under a charter of the U.S. Congress.
- Must have a facility license or registration (if required by law) to conduct its scope of services.
- Must seek to continually assess and improve quality of care, treatment, and/or services. This should include a review by clinicians knowledgeable in the type of care, treatment, and/or services
- Must identify the services it provides, indicating which care, treatment, and/or services it provides directly, under contract, or through some other arrangement.
- Must provide services that can be evaluated by Joint Commission standards.
- Long Term Acute Care (LTACH)
- Specialty (Cardiac, Orthopedic, Surgical)
- Home Health
- Personal Care (Non-medical) services
- Durable Medical Equipment (includes equipment, orthotics, prosthetics, supplies, respiratory services, complex rehab services)
- Pharmacy (infusion, specialty pharmacy, mail order, long term care)
- Laboratories in hospitals, clinics, long term care facilities, home care organizations, behavioral health care organizations, ambulatory sites and physician offices.
- Reference labs
- Freestanding laboratories, such as assisted reproductive technology labs.
- Blood transfusion and donor centers
- Public health laboratories, including Indian Health Service laboratories
- Laboratories in federal facilities, such as the Department of Veteran’s Affairs and the Department of Defense.
- Point-of-care test sites which include blood gas labs providing services to patients in emergency rooms, surgical suites, cardiac catheterization labs, and in other patient care areas.
Nursing Care Center
- Beds licensed by the state as nursing home beds, excluding intermediate care facilities specializing in care for individuals with mental retardation and other developmental disabilities.
- Beds designated as long term care beds under a hospital license, excluding beds belonging to a long term acute care hospital and hospital swing beds.
- Beds, units or facilities certified by Medicare or Medicaid as skilled nursing facility beds.
- Beds, units or facilities designated as long term care by a governmental entity, such as the Department of Veterans’ Affairs or a state authority.