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Joint Commission Saves Lives Supporting Research

More than 100 published studies document the positive impact of Joint Commission programs on improving health care. Among them:

Joint Commission Accreditation

Impact of repeated hospital accreditation surveys on quality and reliability, an 8-year interrupted time series analysis

BMJ Open │ Feb. 2019
Accreditation has the capacity to sustain improvements over the accreditation cycle. A significant reduction in the variation of quality measures with subsequent accreditation cycles indicated that accreditation supports the goal of high reliability.

Examining differential performance of 3 medical home recognition programs

The American Journal of Managed Care | July 2018
Data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) that received assistance to achieve National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Level 3 patient-centered medical home (PCMH) recognition found that Joint Commission-accredited sites were associated with significant reductions in emergency department visits and hospitalizations.

Comparing public quality ratings for accredited and nonaccredited home health agencies

Home Health Care Management & Practice │ Nov. 2017
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Home Health Compare (HHC) data set was used to compare accredited and nonaccredited performance on CMS star ratings and 22 quality measures. Joint Commission-accredited home health agencies demonstrated better performance than non-Joint Commission-accredited agencies on the star ratings and across a broad range of process and outcome measures available in the CMS HHC dataset.

A national perspective on exploring correlates of accreditation in children’s mental health care

The Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research │ July 2017
First study to explore national accreditation rates and the relationship between accreditation status, organizational characteristics and quality indicators in children’s mental health. Data from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) National Survey of Mental Health Treatment Facilities (NSMHTF) found that accreditation was positively associated with quality assurance practices, as well as seclusion and restraint safety initiatives.

Joint Commission Certification

Rates of adverse events and outcomes among stroke patients admitted to primary stroke centers

Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases │ Aug. 2016
Nationwide Inpatient Sample data — limited to states that publicly reported hospital identity — found that patients admitted to Joint Commission-certified Primary Stroke Centers (PSCs) were less likely to experience in-hospital adverse events. Joint Commission PSCs also were associated with lower mortality and better discharge outcomes.

Compliance with acute stroke care quality measures in hospitals with and without primary stroke center certification: the North Carolina Stroke Care Collaborative

Journal of the American Heart Association │ April 2014
Compliance with The Joint Commission’s 10 acute stroke care performance measures and defect-free care in Primary Stroke Centers (PSCs) and non-PSCs participating in the Registry of the North Carolina Stroke Care Collaborative from January 2005 through February 2010 were compared. PSC certification was associated with an overall improvement in the quality of stroke care in North Carolina.

Pearls on primary stroke center

Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation │ March/April 2013
Joint Commission Primary Stroke Centers (PSCs) have improved outcomes for cerebrovascular patients. The development of an acute stroke team (AST) and written protocols for the use of intravenous thrombolytics in acute stroke enhanced administration and reduced complications.