,,Every patient deserves the right to safe, equitable health care. All health care organizations have a responsibility to identify and address the disparities that their unique patient populations face.,,
Dr. Jonathan B. Perlin, M.D. - President and CEO - The Joint Commission
Impact of Disparities in Health Care
Maternal mortality rate for Black women is 4x higher than that for non-Hispanic White women
Hispanic women are 20 percent more likely to die from cervical cancer than non-Hispanic White women
Asian Americans are eight times more likely to die from hepatitis B than non-Hispanic Whites
Diabetes rates are more than 30 percent higher among Native Americans and Latinos than among Whites
Today, tens of thousands of health care providers across the nation count on Joint Commission accreditation to help them accelerate process standardization that leads to reduced variability and sustainable improvements in quality and safety for those they serve. Our accreditation standards include several long-standing requirements that address health care equity issues.
Effective January 1, 2023, new dedicated health care equity standards will become effective and integrated into our hospital, ambulatory and behavioral health care accreditation programs, these new standards are among the first of their kind and will help create a consistent national baseline related to the equitable delivery of health care.
New health care equity standards include changes to leadership requirements, records requirements when collecting patient race and ethnicity information, and rights and responsibilities requirements prohibiting discrimination.
Our new Health Care Equity Accreditation Standards & Resource Center includes innovative strategies leveraged by your peers as well as a growing list of useful industry resources right in one convenient place, directly aligned to the new standards requirements. No matter where you are in your health care equity journey, you’ll find resources that enable, empower, and inspire your team.
Joint Commission certifications align to your organization’s health care equity priorities and provide an unparalleled pathway to raise the bar for care delivery across the populations and communities you serve.
Health Care Equity Certification. The Joint Commission is developing requirements for a new advanced certification program focused on improving health care equity. The advanced certification program requirements build upon the Joint Commission’s long-standing accreditation standards supporting health care equity and the recently released requirements to reduce health care disparities. This voluntary program will recognize hospitals that strive for excellence in their efforts to provide equitable care, treatment, and services.