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Set Your ASC Apart With a Higher Level of Care

Joint Commission is uniquely positioned to help your ambulatory surgery center (ASC) excel with certifications that recognize your orthopedic programs.

With two different tracks, core or advanced, you have the option to select the path that works best for your organization. To achieve core certification, you must meet the core requirements in the Disease-Specific Care Manual which include three main components: standards, clinical practice guidelines, and performance measurement. When achieving an advanced certification, you must meet the core requirements plus additional clinically specific requirements.

Core certifications include:

  • Hip fracture
  • Joint replacement - hip
  • Joint replacement - knee
  • Joint replacement - shoulder
  • Spinal fusion
  • Spine surgery

Our advanced certifications, the only certifications offered in collaboration with the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS), include:

Core or advanced certification- trying to determine what is the better fit for your organization? Reach out to our team and we will be in touch to discuss your options.

Discover the Impact of Orthopedic Certification

ASCs seek orthopedic certification from The Joint Commission because it aims to:

  • Provide a framework to improve patient outcomes
  • Establish a consistent approach to care, reducing variation in care delivery and the risk of error
  • Demonstrate commitment to a higher standard of clinical service
  • Organize teams across the continuum of care
  • Provide a competitive edge in the marketplace
  • Deliver evidence-based proof of quality to payers

Hear first-hand from one of our customers about how Advanced Total Hip and Total Knee Certification transformed their organization.

Receive Recognition from Payers

Major health care insurance plans, such as AETNA and Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, recognize that ASCs who have achieved Joint Commission orthopedic certification have gone above and beyond in their efforts to improve patient safety and quality of care and use our certification as a requirement for their Centers of Excellence (CoEs) programs.

Get Started with Certification

Our team is here to help you every step of the way. Contact us and we will help you decide which certification path is best for you, provide you with preparation resources, and answer any questions you may have.