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Facts about patient-centered communications

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Effective communication is critical to the successful delivery of health care services. The Joint Commission supports efforts to improve communication between health care professionals and patients.

Related Topics: Patient-centered communications, Patient Safety Fact Sheets, Hospital, Language, & Culture , Patient Safety, Speak Up, Health Literacy, Fact Sheets


Critical Access Hospitals

Facts about Critical Access Hospital Accreditation

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The Joint Commission has accredited hospitals for more than 60 years. In 2001, The Joint Commission introduced its program to accredit critical access hospitals. As of December 2014, there were 1,325 critical access hospitals in the U.S.

Related Topics: Fact Sheets, Critical Access Hospital, Accreditation Program



Facts about Laboratory Accreditation

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The Joint Commission has been evaluating and accrediting hospital laboratory services since 1979 and freestanding laboratories since 1995. Today, The Joint Commission accredits about 1,500 organizations providing laboratory services.

Related Topics: Accreditation Program, Fact Sheets, Laboratory Accreditation, Lab Advantage, Proficiency Testing


International Certification, International Accreditation

Facts about Joint Commission International

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Joint Commission International (JCI) was established in 1994 as a division of Joint Commission Resources, Inc. (JCR), a private, not-for-profit affiliate of The Joint Commission.

Related Topics: Corporate Fact Sheets, Joint Commission International, About The Joint Commission, Fact Sheets


Nursing Care Center

Facts about Memory Care accreditation requirements and optional Memory Care Certification for Nursing Care Centers

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In 2014, The Joint Commission established Memory Care requirements for its Nursing Care Center Accreditation program and introduced an optional Memory Care Certification program.

Related Topics: Nursing Care Center, Nursing Home, Fact Sheets, Alzheimer's Disease, Memory Care


Ambulatory Health Care, Hospitals, Critical Access Hospitals, Behavioral Health Care, Laboratory , Nursing Care Center, Office-Based Surgery, Home Care, Advanced Disease-Specific Care Certification , Disease-Specific Care, Health Care Staffing Services, Palliative Care, Primary Care Medical Home, Integrated Care , Perinatal Care, Patient Blood Management Certification

Facts about The Joint Commission

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Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits nearly 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care.

Related Topics: Corporate Fact Sheets, About The Joint Commission, Fact Sheets


Facts about Quality Check® and Quality Reports®

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The Joint Commission has a longstanding commitment to providing meaningful information about the performance of accredited organizations to the public. The Quality Check® website,launched in 1996, fulfills this commitment.

Related Topics: Fact Sheets, Quality Check, Patient Safety Fact Sheets, Quality Report


Facts about the Patient and Family Advisory Council

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A diverse group of nationally prominent individuals and organizations serve on The Joint Commission’s Patient and Family Advisory Council.

Related Topics: Advisory Group Fact Sheets, Patient Safety, Patient Rights, Fact Sheets


Ambulatory Health Care, Hospitals, Critical Access Hospitals, Behavioral Health Care, Nursing Care Center, Office-Based Surgery, Home Care

Facts about scoring and accreditation decisions

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The scoring and decision process is based on the criticality of the standards and other requirements regarding their relationship to the quality and safety of patient care.

Related Topics: Critical Access Hospital, Home Care, Behavioral Health Care, Ambulatory Health Care, Accreditation Process, Fact Sheets, Scoring, Hospital, Nursing Care Center, Accreditation Decisions


The Joint Commission Mission Statement

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Mission: 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...

Related Topics: About The Joint Commission, Fact Sheets