October 6, 2014
The objectives behind accreditations and regulations are to keep and assure compliance is followed to the letter of the law. The regulations are designed to guide the agencies activity and the activity of the employees. Health care is an industry that must have regulations and regulators to assist the industry in complying with a plethora of issues that protect the consumers. Health care are formed and implemented by different levels of government and the state and local levels put it into practice. Although the objectives seem clear and promote a sense of uniformed standard that must be met to keep services cohesive.
The Agency’s Structure
“The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations is a private, not for profit organization established in 1951 to evaluate health care organizations that voluntarily seek accreditation. The Joint Commissions evaluates the accredits more than 16,000 health care organization in the United States, including 4,400 hospitals, more than 3,900 home care entities, and over 7,000 other health care organizations that provide behavioral health care, laboratory, ambulatory care, and long term care services. The Joint Commission also evaluates and accredits health plans and health care networks. It is governed by representatives from the American College of Physicians, the American College of Surgeons, the American Dental Association, the American Hospital Association, the American Medical Association, an at-large nursing representative, six public members, and the Joint Commission President.” (healthfinder.gov 2010).
The Organization’s Effect on Health Care
The effect of the Joint Commission on health care offers many benefits such as strengthening community pride and confidence in the organization that support them; as well as the assurance of quality and safety of treatment to include optimum care. The pride of the commission is being the leader in having a competitive edge in health care when seeking excellence in their ability of improving risk management and the reduction of risks to patients and employees alike. Those organizations connected to the commission experience all the benefits of training, development of staff recruitment and staff education. Certification programs are offered to leaders of the organization and also are an information source for stakeholders that all compliance requirements have been met, as well as the improvement in quality and safety of care. The Joint Commission accreditation affects an organizations ability to meet requirements in patient treatment, infection control, and patient rights are views as important to their actual performance. The influence of the commission on health care can make or break an organization accountability and credibility, which provides positive or negative outcomes in performance.
Example of the Agency Carrying Out Its Duties
The process of accreditation requires the Joint Commission to choose a facility to do an on-site survey of the organizations ability to meet the standards and regulations set by the commission. The person in charge of conducting the survey must have management experience and experience in many areas of health care performance in order to help determine if the organization valid in attain accreditations and achieving the set standard. The accreditation process has changed from past days and a new set of standards are now in effect; which does not require survey preparation but, instead uses the process of continuous compliance. This type of process gives the commission and the organization the ability to develop an Evidence of Standard Compliance. Through this evidence of compliance that the organization will know if they meet the commissions set standard.
Regulatory Authority Relations to Health Care
The Joint Commissions authority to regularly dictate whether an...
References: Health Finder Retrieved from http://www.healthfinder.gov
Hospital Alliance Association Retrieved from http://hospaa.org
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