The Joint Commission requires that a verified, accredited and/or certified organization accurately describes the nature and meaning of its achievement. Any organization that materially misleads the public about any matter relating to its verification, accreditation and/or certification may have to undertake appropriate corrective actions or risk loss of verification, accreditation and/or certification:
- Verification, accreditation and certification means the health care organization complied with rigorous standards and successfully corrected deficiencies identified at its most recent survey and/or review.
- If your organization has sites or offers services that are not verified, accredited or certified, any reference to verification, accreditation or certification must clearly specify which sites/services are verified, accredited and/or certified.
- Your organization may not say that it is the "only" organization in a city, county, state, country, or any other geographic area to receive verification, accreditation or certification.
- Your organization is not permitted to publicize its verification, accreditation or certification decision until the decision is posted to your secure extranet site. If you are unsure about the status of a decision, contact your account executive.