The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare (JCAHO) is an independent non-profit organization that accredits healthcare organizations in the United States. The commission currently evaluates and accredits more than 22,000 healthcare organizations and programs.
The Joint Commission's overall mission is to improve healthcare for the public by setting standards. JCAHO then ensures that accredited organizations operate in accordance with the guidelines and provide excellent care.
History of the Joint Commission
JCAHO was established in 1951 as the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals, and was later known as the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. Its current name was adopted in 2007.
The commission was formed out of efforts to standardize patient care and outcomes. Member organizations are evaluated for accreditation every three years.
JCAHO is recognized by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for Medicare certification and by many states for their individual licensure requirements. The commission is one of the organizations approved by CMS to certify hospitals to receive Medicare and Medicaid funds.
What Does JCAHO Assess?
In its accreditation process, JCAHO evaluates healthcare organizations on a variety of outcomes, including patient safety and quality of care.
Other areas of concern for the Joint Commission include patient rights and responsibilities, medication management, continuous improvements, medication management, and more.
Healthcare organizations voluntarily seek accreditation from The Joint Commission. A comprehensive evaluation of the organization's processes and procedures is done via a site visit by JCAHO surveyors.
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