April 15, 2013
The Joint Commission
The Joint Commission continually seeks to improve health care for the public (The Joint Commission, 2013). The Joint Commission began in 1910 as an evaluation process called “the end result system of hospital standardization” to determine successful treatments of patients. Over the next 40 years, The Joint Commission evolved into a collaboration system. In 1951, several stakeholders, such as the ACP, the AMA, the AHA, and the CMA, join to create the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals (JCAH). This organization serves to provide voluntary accreditation for health care agencies. This accreditation system inspires health care organizations to “provide safe and effective health care of the highest quality and value” (The Joint Commission, 2013, para. 3). Therefore, by evaluation and accreditation of more than 20,000 health care organizations, JCAHO is the nation’s oldest and largest accrediting agency in health care. Thus, to earn and maintain JCAHO’s “Golden Seal” of approval, an organization must submit to an on-site survey every three years. Structure and Role
The source of JCAHO’s authority comes from a government of 32 members on the Board of Commissioners. Among the members are administrators, physicians, nurses, quality experts, educators, and labor representatives. These members bring a diversity of experience in public policy, business, and health care. The Joint Commission’s scope of service includes the active monitoring of regulatory activities to identify opportunities for improvement, accreditation, and certification. This service provides a standard of quality, thus improving health care for the public (Fremgen, 2012). Additionally, recognition and certification through The Joint Commission may include the use of accreditation for licensing or for contracting purposes by state agencies. The role of The Joint Commission is to...