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Pathways to Excellence in Patient Care
Joint Commission orthopedic certifications provide structure for programs to improve their patient outcomes and reduce patient risk through clinically proven evidence-based care.
Over the next 20 years hip replacements are expected to grow by 174% and knee replacements by 673% according to a study published in the April 2007 issue of The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery.
Basic and Advanced Certifications
The Joint Commission offers basic and advanced certifications. When looking to achieve certification, you must meet the core requirements in the Disease-Specific Care Manual which include three main components: standards, clinical practice guidelines, and performance measurement. When achieving an advanced certification you must meet the core requirements plus additional clinically-specific requirements.
For orthopedic, there are two advanced certification options, one for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement, and one for Certification in Spine Surgery. There are several basic certifications.