Hcs/212 Joint Commission

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Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO)

Sandy Markert


March 31, 2013

Corinne McTier

Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations

The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations or JCAHO was founded in 1951 as a private nonprofit organization that established guidelines for the running and management of hospitals and health care facilities in the United States. According to its website (n.d.), JCAHO’s primary mission is, “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
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The surveying process looks at a facilities or organization’s performance in important performance standards. Performance standards for patient safety and rights, treatment and medication safety, and infection control are the main focus. The standards used to evaluate organizations are developed working closely with those people with the best knowledge to develop them, the healthcare experts, providers, and the consumers of the care-the patients.

The surveys are meant to be specific and consistent and are not just used to evaluate the organizations for improvement but are also to educate in the best practice standards adopted throughout health care and to help staff in ways to continually improve an organizations performance. For this purpose, in 1996 the Quality Check website was launched to help the Joint Commission provide information regarding the performance of accredited organizations to consumers and organizations. Users are able to search for accredited or certified organizations; they can locate organizations by either type of service or geographical area and lists of certified organizations as well as a hospital’s performance measures can be obtained.

The benefits of JCAHO accreditation to a healthcare facility is that it demonstrates a level of competence to provide safe and effective care to its patients. Accreditation

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