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Facts about Joint Commission Advisory Groups

March 22, 2019

The Joint Commission relies on a number of advisory groups for feedback on a variety of issues, including safety and quality of care, the development of standards, and policies and procedures that support performance improvement in health care organizations. The Joint Commission also uses task forces and expert panels on an ad hoc basis. 

Health Systems Corporate Liaisons: Provides advice on issues related to the accreditation process. Most members are clinicians representing approximately 80 health care systems, representing more than 60 percent of the hospitals nationwide. Contact: Gail Weinberger

Nursing Advisory Council: Contact: Elissa Hawley

Patient and Family Advisory Council: Contact: Lynn Dragisic

Patient Safety Advisory Group: Contact: Ana McKee

Performance Measurement Technical Advisory Panels: Oversee and guide the identification, specification, testing and maintenance of standardized performance measures. Members may include physicians, nurses, pharmacists, purchasers, consumers and performance measurement experts. Contact: JohnMarc Alban

Program-specific advisory groups
Each Joint Commission program has an Advisory Council, providing advice on improving the value of the program, standards or survey/review process changes, and environmental influences. Members represent accredited organizations or certified programs.

Ambulatory care — Pearl Darling

Behavioral health — Julia Finken

Disease-specific care certification — Patrick Phelan

Health care staffing certification — Francine Topps

Home care — Margherita Labson

Hospital — Gail Weinberger

Laboratory — Heather Hurley

Nursing care center — Gina Zimmermann

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