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Facts about Hospital Accreditation

September 18, 2017

The Joint Commission has accredited hospitals for more than 60 years and today it accredits approximately 4,023 general, pediatric, long term acute, psychiatric, rehabilitation and specialty hospitals, and 366 critical access hospitals, through a separate accreditation program. Approximately 77 percent of the nation's hospitals are currently accredited by The Joint Commission, and approximately 88 percent of hospitals that are accredited in the United States are accredited by The Joint Commission. 

The Joint Commission offers hospitals a number of voluntary, add-on certification options, including:

Cost of accreditation
Annual fees for hospitals are based on the type of hospital and weighted values for volume based on the types of service provided by a hospital. Customers receive the annual fee invoice in January of each year; new customers receive their annual fee after submitting their application for accreditation. The on-site survey fee is billed within seven days of the survey’s completion. Health systems have the option to receive a corporate orientation or corporate summation. These can be conducted by the team leader, by a team member, by video conference or a summation report. The Joint Commission posts its pricing schedule on the Joint Commission Connect extranet.

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Contact Us or call: 

630-792-5900 – Standards information

630-792-5291 – Hospital accreditation

630-792-5115 or pricingunit@jointcommission.org – Pricing information