The Role Of The Joint Commission On Accreditation Of Hospitals

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The role of accreditation in the hospital setting. The history of the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals is a story of the health professions’ commitment to patient care of high quality in the 20th century. According to Dr. Ernest Codman, founder of the accreditation system, which would enable hospitals to track every patient it treat long enough to determine whether or not the treatment was effective. If not, the hospital would figure out how to prevent similar failures in the future (Roberts, Coale & Redman, 1987). At present, the accreditation is a process of review that health care organizations participate in to display the ability to meet approved criteria and standards of accreditation. Accreditation represents agencies as credible and reputable organizations dedicated to ongoing and continuous compliance with the highest standard of quality. Professional accrediting agency work together with the health care industry experts to create standards to ensure that quality is maintained throughout all aspects of an organization (Accreditation Commission for Health Care, 2008; Greenfield, Pawsey & Braithwaite, 2010). However, the on-site surveys are conducted, today unannounced, by health care industry experts. A inclusive review is conducted of organizational structure, policies and procedures, compliance with federal, state, and local laws, leadership, patients’ rights and responsibilities, fiscal operations, human resource management, provision of
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