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In the Joint Commission accreditation process, we evaluate organizational compliance to performance standards designed to improve quality and safety for those they serve. We measure compliance with our own standards, as well as relevant standards from CMS and OSHA. Our survey time together includes both an objective evaluation of standards compliance along with strategies and structures for improvement.

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)

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Conditions of Participation (CoPs) are requirements developed by CMS that health care organizations must meet to participate in federally funded health care. In total there are 24 CMS CoPs.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

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OSHA requirements and recommendations are designed to protect employee safety. They cover several serious safety and health hazards including bloodborne pathogens and biological hazards, potential chemical and drug exposures, and other work-related hazards.

The Joint Commission

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Joint Commission standards are patient centric and focus on organizational systems and processes essential to the delivery of safe, high-quality care. Standards are informed by evidence associated with structures and processes predictive of better care. They include patient rights and education, infection control, medication management, and preventing medical errors.

The Survey Experience

The Joint Commission survey process is patient-centered, data-driven, and focused on evaluating actual care processes. The on-site accreditation survey is also intended to be a learning experience. To that end, we provide education and “best practice” guidance to help your staff continually improve performance.
Your leadership team

Your Survey Team

Includes clinically and operationally experienced nursing leaders, physicians, facility managers, and other professionals who understand your challenges and share your passion for safe, high quality patient care.
A look at the environment of care
Connecting with your physician, nursing, and other frontline staff
Infection control process review
Patient tracers

Comprehensive Review

Most surveys have a positive outcome. An accreditation award means you can expect to see us again in three years, but know we continue to be available throughout those years to support your quality journey.
Risk assessments
Identification of improvements
Collaborative discussions with your team and ours

After Your Survey

If you have a survey that finds areas for improvement, we are here to work with you to make those improvements as quickly and sustainably as possible.

Want to Learn More?

Interested in learning more about accreditation? We have the resources you need: explore the types of accreditation we offer, review our performance standards, or speak to a member of our team.

Get in Touch with Our Team

Joint Commission accreditation is a commitment to providing your patients with the safest and most reliable care. If you're ready to take the next step in your quality and patient safety journey, we're here to help.

Settings We Accredit

Accreditation can be earned by many types of health care organizations across the care continuum. Browse our selection of helpful guides, tools, and solutions for every step of the accreditation journey.