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The Joint Commission
Type Non-profit organization
Industry Health care
Founded 1951
Headquarters Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois, United States
Area served North America
Website jointcommission.org

The Joint Commission (TJC) is a United States-based nonprofit tax-exempt 501(c) organization[1] that accredits more than 20,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States.[2] A majority of state governments recognize Joint Commission accreditation as a condition of licensure and the receipt of Medicaid reimbursement.[citation needed]

The Joint Commission is based in the Chicago suburb of Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois.[3]

History[edit]

The Joint Commission was formerly the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) and previous to that the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals (JCAH),[4]

The Joint Commission was renamed Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals in 1951, but it was not until 1965 that accreditation had any official impact. In 1965 the federal government decided that a hospital that met Joint Commission accreditation met the Medicare Conditions of Participation. Section 125 of the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008 (MIPPA) removed The Joint Commission's statutorily-guaranteed accreditation authority for hospitals, effective July 15, 2010. At that time, The Joint Commission’s hospital accreditation program would be subject to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) requirements for organizations seeking accrediting authority. To avoid a lapse in accrediting authority, The Joint Commission would have to submit an application for hospital accrediting authority consistent with these requirements and within a time frame that would enable CMS to review and evaluate their submission.[5] CMS would make the decision to grant deeming authority and determine the term.

The Joint Commission's predecessor organization was an outgrowth of the efforts of Ernest Codman to promote hospital reform based on outcomes management in patient care. Codman’s efforts led to the founding of the American College of Surgeons Hospital Standardization Program. In 1951, a new entity, the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals was created by merging the Hospital Standardization Program with similar programs run by the American College of Physicians, the American Hospital Association, the American Medical Association, and the Canadian Medical Association. In 1987, the company was renamed the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO, pronounced "Jay-co").[6] In 2007, the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations underwent a major rebranding and simplified its name to The Joint Commission. The rebranding included the name, logo, and tag line change to "Helping Health Care Organizations Help Patients."

The name change was part of an overall effort to make the name easier to remember and to position the commission to continue to be responsive to the needs of organizations seeking fee-based accreditation. The Joint Commission advocates the use of patient safety measures, the spread of information, the measurement of performance, and the introduction of public policy recommendations.[7]

Joint Commission International (JCI) was established in 1998 as a division of Joint Commission Resources, Inc. (JCR), a private, not-for-profit affiliate of The Joint Commission. Through international accreditation, consultation, publications and education programs, JCI extends The Joint Commission's mission worldwide by helping to improve the quality of patient care by assisting international health care organizations, public health agencies, health ministries and others evaluate, improve and demonstrate the quality of patient care and enhance patient safety in more than 60 countries.[8] International hospitals may seek accreditation to demonstrate quality, and JCI accreditation may be considered a seal of approval by medical travelers from the U.S.[9]

Operation[edit]

All member health care organizations are subject to a three-year accreditation cycle, while laboratories are surveyed every two years. With respect to hospital surveys, the organization does not make its findings public.[10] However, it does provide the organization's accreditation decision, the date that accreditation was awarded, and any standards that were cited for improvement. Organizations deemed to be in compliance with all or most of the applicable standards are awarded the decision of Accreditation.

The unannounced full survey is a key component of The Joint Commission accreditation process. "Unannounced" means the organization does not receive an advance notice of its survey date. The Joint Commission began conducting unannounced surveys on January 1, 2006. Surveys will occur 18 to 39 months after the organization's previous unannounced survey.[11]

There has been criticism in the past from within the U.S. of the way the Joint Commission operates. The Commission's practice had been to notify hospitals in advance of the timing of inspections.[12] A 2007 article in the Washington Post noted that about 99% of inspected hospitals are accredited, and serious problems in the delivery of care are sometimes overlooked or missed.[13] Similar concerns have been expressed by the Boston Globe, stating that "The Joint Commission, whose governing board has long been dominated by representatives of the industries it inspects, has been the target of criticism about the validity of its evaluations."[10] The Joint Commission over time has responded to these criticisms. However, when it comes to the international dimension, surveys undertaken by JCI still take place at a time known in advance by the hospitals being surveyed, and often after considerable preparation by those hospitals.

Preparing for a Joint Commission survey can be a challenging process for any healthcare provider. At a minimum, a hospital must be completely familiar with the current standards, examine current processes, policies and procedures relative to the standards and prepare to improve any areas that are not currently in compliance with. The hospital must be in compliance with the standards for at least four months prior to the initial survey. The hospital should also be in compliance with applicable standards during the entire period of accreditation, which means that surveyors will look for a full three years of implementation for several standards-related issues.[14]

As for the surveyors, the Joint Commission and JCI employ salaried individuals, people who generally work or have worked within health care services but who may devote half or less of their time for the accrediting organization. The surveyors travel to health care organizations to evaluate their operational practices and facilities (i.e., structure/input and process metrics) against established Joint Commission standards and elements of performance.

Substantial time and resources are devoted by health care organizations ranging from medical equipment suppliers and staffing firms to tertiary care academic medical centers to prepare for and undergo Joint Commission surveys. There is growing concern, however, over the lack of verifiable progress towards meeting the organization's stated goals. Although the Joint Commission increasingly cites and demands "evidence-based medicine" in its regulatory requirements, there is a relative paucity of evidence demonstrating any significant quality improvement due to its efforts, while there is a growing body of literature showing no improvement or actual deterioration in quality despite the increasingly stringent and expensive requirements.[citation needed] Indeed, a facility requesting accreditation pays a substantial fee to the Joint Commission (the "accrediting" agency) and, upon receiving a "passing" grade is able to purchase associated momentos of accomplishment to display to the public. No other entity certifies the Joint Commission.

Alternatives in the United States[edit]

The Joint Commission is not a complete monopoly and while many states in the U.S. make use of their services, not all do. Some states have set up their own alternative assessment procedures; the Joint Commission is not recognized for state licensure in the states of Oklahoma (except for hospital-based outpatient mental health services), Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. In California, The Joint Commission is part of a joint survey process with state authorities.[15]

There are also other healthcare accreditation organizations in the U.S. unrelated to the Joint Commission.[16] These include the Accreditation Commission for Health Care, Inc. (ACHC),[17] the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities(CARF),[18] the Community Health Accreditation Program (CHAP),[19] the "Exemplary Provider Program" of The Compliance Team,[20] Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP),[21] HFAP is older than the Joint Commission, having been in operation since 1945.[22] the National Commission on Correctional Health Care,[23] and the Healthcare Quality Association on Accreditation (HQAA), who are recognised in the state of Ohio.[24] and Utilization Review Accreditation Commission (URAC),[25]

On September 26, 2008 the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) granted deeming authority for hospitals to DNV Healthcare Inc. (DNVHC), an operating company of Det Norske Veritas (DNV), a Norwegian international company that has been operating in the U.S. since 1898.[26]

The Center for Improvement in Healthcare Quality (CIHQ), based in Round Rock, TX. was granted deeming authority for hospitals by the CMS In July 2013.[27]

Goals and initiatives[edit]

The stated mission of The Joint Commission 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 quality and value"

The company updates its accreditation standards and expands patient safety goals on a yearly basis, and posts them on its Web site for all interested persons to review, making this information and process transparent to all stakeholders ranging from institutions, to practitioners, to patients and their advocates.

The purpose of The Joint Commission’s National Patient Safety Goals is to promote specific improvements in patient safety. The Goals highlight problematic areas in health care and describe evidence and expert-based solutions to these problems. Recognizing that sound system design is intrinsic to the delivery of safe, high quality health care, the Goals focus on system-wide solutions, wherever possible.[28] The NPSGs have become a critical method by which The Joint Commission promotes and enforces major changes in patient safety in thousands of participating health care organizations in the United States and around the world. The 2009 NPSGs include new regulations targeting the spread of infection due to multidrug-resistant organisms, catheter-related bloodstream infections (CRBSI), and surgical site infections (SSI). The new regulations for CRBSI and SSI prevention apply not only to hospitals, but also to ambulatory care and ambulatory surgery centers. Engaging patients in patient safety efforts is also a major new component of the NPSGs. The Universal Protocol to reduce surgical errors and existing regulations on medication reconciliation have also been modified for 2009, based on feedback received by The Joint Commission.[29]

International healthcare accreditation[edit]

Joint Commission International, or JCI, is one of the groups providing international healthcare accreditation services to hospitals around the world and brings income into the U.S.-based parent organization. This not-for-profit tax-exempt private corporation (a 501(c) organization) currently accredits hospitals in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and South America, and is seeking to expand its business further.[30]

JCI also offers a variety of educational programs, especially "Practicums" – more information, including attendance costs, is available through their Web site.[31]

There are other accreditation organisations based in countries other than the USA which fulfill a similar internationally orientated role to JCI. These include:

  • In INDIA National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Healthcare Providers or NABH[35]

Finances[edit]

Cost of accreditation[edit]

JCI publishes an average fee of US$ 46,000 for a full hospital survey.[36] Reimbursement for surveyors' travel, living expenses and accommodations is required in addition to the fee.

There may be additional costs related to consultancy work etc. directed towards assisting a hospital to be successful in the accreditation process.

Other international accreditors incur different levels of costs, some costing less than JCI.

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Joint Commission On Accreditation Of Healthcare Organizations in Oakbrook Ter, Illinois (IL)". faqs.org. June 30, 1975. Retrieved October 17, 2011. 
  2. ^ "American Society for Healthcare Engineering". 
  3. ^ About Us, Joint Commission.
  4. ^ A History of the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals James S. Roberts, MD; Jack G. Coale, MA; Robert R. Redman, MA, JAMA. 1987;258(7):936-940,
  5. ^ HHS Action Plan to Prevent Healthcare-Associated Infections 06222009 Section 8: Incentives and Oversight – June 22, 2009 Excerpt: pages 58–59
  6. ^ "The Joint Commission Launches New Brand Identity". The Joint Commission. Retrieved 2007-07-17. 
  7. ^ "Joint Commission Changes Its Name and Logo". American Association for Respiratory Care. February 28, 2007. Retrieved 2007-07-17. 
  8. ^ "Patients Meet to Promote Mother and Child Health in the Americas". Paho.org. June 11, 2007. Retrieved October 17, 2011. 
  9. ^ "de beste bron van informatie over med trip info. Deze website is te koop!". medtripinfo.com. Retrieved October 17, 2011. 
  10. ^ a b Kowalczyk, Liz (March 17, 2007). "Surprise check faults MGH quality of care". The Boston Globe. 
  11. ^ [1][dead link]
  12. ^ Fisher, Ian (January 21, 1998). "Public Advocate Says Hospital Accreditation System Is Faulty". The New York Times. Retrieved May 7, 2010. 
  13. ^ Gaul, Gilbert M. (2005-07-25). "Accreditors Blamed for Overlooking Problems". The Washington Post. pp. A01. Retrieved 2007-07-17. 
  14. ^ "Healthcare Compliance 360 | HIPAA Compliance | Policy Management | JCAHO Accreditation". Compliance360.com. Retrieved October 17, 2011. 
  15. ^ [2][dead link]
  16. ^ "Account Suspended". Competingbid.com. Retrieved October 17, 2011. 
  17. ^ "Medicare Deeming Authority for Home Health, Hospice, & DMEPOS". ACHC. Retrieved October 17, 2011. 
  18. ^ "CARF International, www.carf.org, Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, CCAC". Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. Retrieved October 17, 2011. 
  19. ^ "CHAP – Home Page". Chapinc.org. Retrieved October 17, 2011. 
  20. ^ "CMS approved Accreditation Organization for all DMEPOS providers". Exemplaryprovider.com. Retrieved October 17, 2011. 
  21. ^ "HFAP". HFAP. Retrieved October 17, 2011. 
  22. ^ [3][dead link]
  23. ^ http://www.ncchc.org
  24. ^ "Welcome to HQAA – Healthcare Quality Association on Accreditation". HQAA.org. Retrieved October 17, 2011. 
  25. ^ "Promoting Quality Health Care". URAC. Retrieved October 17, 2011. 
  26. ^ "Approval of Deeming Authority of Det Norske Veritas Healthcare, Inc. for Hospitals". Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Retrieved February 2, 2014. 
  27. ^ "Approval of the Center for Improvement in Healthcare Quality’s (CIHQ) Hospital Accreditation Program". Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Retrieved January 21, 2014. 
  28. ^ "National Patient Safety Goals". The Joint Commission. 
  29. ^ "AHRQ Patient Safety Network". Psnet.ahrq.gov. Retrieved October 17, 2011. 
  30. ^ "About JCI". Joint Commission International. Retrieved October 17, 2011. 
  31. ^ [4][dead link]
  32. ^ "Accreditation Canada". Accreditation.ca. Retrieved October 17, 2011. 
  33. ^ The Australian Council On Healthcare Standards. Achs.org.au. Retrieved on 2013-09-04.
  34. ^ "QHA Trent". Qha-international.co.uk. Retrieved October 17, 2011. 
  35. ^ "National Accreditation Board for Hospitals & Healthcare Providers ::". Qcin.org. Retrieved October 17, 2011. 
  36. ^ "Cost of Accreditation". Joint Commission International. Retrieved October 17, 2011. 

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