Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (Jcaho)

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Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO)
Introduction
JCAHO is an abbreviation for Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations is a non-for-profit organization that seeks to continuously improve the safety and quality of care provided to the public through the provision of health care accreditation and related services that support performance improvement in health care organizations. It is an organization made up of individuals from the private medical sector to develop and maintain standards of quality in medical facilities in the United States. Although JCAHO has no legal enforcement power, and has no official connection to the US Government regulatory agencies, many medical facilities
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in 1997 Jonit Commission International was established as a division of Joint Commission Resources, Inc. (JCR), a private, not-for-profit affiliate of The Joint Commission. JCI extends The Joint Commission’s mission worldwide by assisting international health care organizations, public health agencies, health ministries and others to improve the quality and safety of patient care in more than 80 countries.The current version of the sentinel event policy was adopted in 1998. In 2002, The Joint Commission establishes its first annual National Patient Safety Goals for improving the safety of patient care in health care organizations, to be effective in 2003. In 2006, The Joint Commission begins conducting on-site accreditation surveys and certification reviews on an unannounced basis, with certain exceptions. In 2008, The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issues a clarification in October, sought by The Joint Commission in response to field concerns, which brings CMS’ interpretation of standing orders into alignment with The Joint Commission’s view on how to facilitate the timely treatment of certain patients. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services grants The Joint Commission deeming authority for critical access hospitals in November. CMS will evaluate, within 180 days, the changes The Joint Commission agreed to make in order to align The Joint Commission requirements with those of CMS. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services again grants
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