The Joint Commission selected to provide Laboratory Accreditation Program services for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
(OAKBROOK TERRACE, Illinois, Sept. 14, 2020) – The Joint Commission today announced it has been selected to provide Laboratory Accreditation Program services for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), effective September 15, 2020. Services include education on the accreditation process, on-site and post-survey reviews, ongoing monitoring activities, and data and measurement activities.
The Joint Commission – the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care – will provide Laboratory Accreditation Program services for the Veterans Health Administration’s moderate and high-complexity clinical laboratories at VA Medical Centers and community-based outpatient clinics. Laboratories are accredited every two years by The Joint Commission.
The Joint Commission has evaluated and accredited hospital-based laboratory services since 1979 and freestanding laboratories since 1995. Laboratory accreditation from The Joint Commission provides organizations with the same patient-centric survey process utilizing unique tracer methodology as Joint Commission accredited hospitals.
In addition, Joint Commission laboratory accreditation provides the foundation for a high level of standardization and integration between the hospital and laboratory. Highly trained pathologists and medical technologists are employed by The Joint Commission to conduct its laboratory accreditation surveys, providing meaningful assessment of clinical laboratories.
“As the only accrediting body that accredits and certifies across the continuum of care, we are very pleased to collaborate with the VA on accreditation and quality improvement opportunities at its laboratories,” said Mark R. Chassin, MD, FACP, MPP, MPH, president and chief executive officer, The Joint Commission. “It is critical that VA laboratories provide safe and high-quality care as they play their vital role in the health care of so many veterans and their families across the country.”
“The Joint Commission is delighted to partner with the VA to provide laboratory accreditation services. We welcome the opportunity to work with the VA on providing framework and standardization for the coordination of care of our veterans,” added Heather Hurley, executive director, Laboratory Accreditation Program, The Joint Commission.
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About The Joint Commission
Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission accredits and certifies more than 22,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. An independent, nonprofit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more about The Joint Commission at www.jointcommission.org.