According to Wikipedia:

“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. Recently, 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 will 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 must submit an application for hospital accrediting authority consistent with these requirements and within a time frame that will enable CMS to review and evaluate their submission.[5] CMS will make the decision to grant deeming authority and determine the term.”

“The Joint Commission is based in the Chicago suburb of Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois.”

“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.  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.”

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The Joint Commission International provides accreditation programs for;

Ambulatory Care

Clinical Laboratory

Home Care

Hospital – including the new Academic Medical Center Hospitals

Long Term Care

Medical Transport

Primary Care Centers

Clinical Care Program Certification (CCPC)

You will notice several areas missing from the list.  So do not be mislead to think just because a Hospital has an accreditation that the doctors, surgeons or any other staff are accredited or certified.  The Joint Commission International only accredits the list you see above at the time of this article.


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