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Regulatory Agency

Jennifer Mendoza
HCS 430
May 6, 2012
Brenda Young

Regulatory Agency

The health care industry has to have a good leadership foundation to carry out rules, regulations, and procedures. It is important for the success of any organization. In a healthcare organization, good leadership is more than just important; it is significant to the organization’s success. The Joint Commission is an organization which requires that the health care industry provides and maintains a safe environment for patients. If the health care industry does not have good leadership, the industry will suffer the consequences and not meet standards. The Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) monitors health care organizations and ensures the facilities meet standards and then awards the facilities with accreditation. When the health care facility does not meet standards of JCAHO then the public will ponder on accreditation status and if the health care facility meets quality service; as well as standards of a safe environment. The paper will include the history of JCAHO, source of authority, structure, responsibilities, and its effects on health care. The paper will also include an example of the agency which carries out JCAHO duties. History of JCAHO

The Joint Commission was founded in 1951 and the organization’s mission is providing appropriate health care for the public, by evaluating, and inspiring the organizations to surpass in providing secure and valuable care of the highest quality. The Joint Commission monitors many health care organizations and programs in the United States. In health care, The Joint Commission is the largest accrediting organization. The highest level of approval is the Gold Seal, for an organization to earn and maintain this Gold Seal; the organization has to pass an on-site survey at least every three years (The Joint Commission, 2012). Here is a brief timeline from 1910 to 2011 of JCAHO history. In 1910, Ernest Codman proposes end result system of hospital standardization. In 1964, JCAH begins charging for surveys, 1966 long term care accreditation begins. In 1971, The Accreditation Council for Long-Term Care is established. In 1982, the first public member appointed by board of commissioners begins service on JCAH board. In 1996, laptop technology for hospital surveys is introduced. In 2007, in January, JCAH refreshed brand identity, name, and logo. Finally, in 2011, reducing the risk of wrong site surgery are all brief milestones that JCAHO have went through to get to present day. Source and Scope of JCAHO Authority

The Joint commission focuses on accrediting Acute Care Hospitals, ambulatory, behavior health, long term care, health care facilities, clinical laboratories, health care networks and hospice. Numerous of accreditation organization is also taking place within the United States, but the Joint commission remains the largest. The Joint commission accredits 20,000 organization which one third are Hospitals. The joint commission is assigned a special task to improve health care by evaluating health care of organization as well as encouraging health organizations to provide secure and successful care at all times. The Joint Commission believes that the only way to improve the quality of health care is to join together with other stakeholders and evaluate each health care organization. Structure

As a non-for profit organization, The Joint Commission has a Board of Commissioners governing body; the governing body provides policy leadership and oversight. Like many Board members, the body governs with a dedication to its mission, to continuously improve health care for the public. The broad members have seven standing broad committee and each member have diverse experience in health care, public policy, and business. There are eleven members ranging from President of The...
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