The Joint Commission

The Joint Commission continuously improves health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating healthcare organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value.

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What is The Joint Commission?

An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. The Joint Commission accredits and certifies more than 20,500 healthcare organizations and programs in the United States.

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What Is an Accreditation Survey?

Joint Commission surveyors visit accredited healthcare organizations a minimum of once every 39 months (two years for laboratories) to evaluate standards compliance. This visit is called a survey.

Joint Commission surveyors are highly trained experts who are:

  • Doctors
  • Nurses
  • Hospital administrators
  • Laboratory medical technologists
  • Other healthcare professionals

How Long Does It Take The Joint Commission to Render an Accreditation Decision?

The Joint Commission renders accreditation decisions two weeks to two months after the survey.

Where Can I Find Information About an Accredited Healthcare Organization?

Joint Commission Quality Reports give the public information on the safety and quality of care for all Joint Commission accredited/certified health care organizations. Quality Reports are available online through Quality Check®.

Quality Reports include:

  • Accreditation decision and date
  • Programs and services accredited by The Joint Commission and other bodies
  • National Patient Safety Goal performance
  • Hospital National Quality Improvement Goal performance
  • Special quality awards

What are the Benefits of Accreditation for Patients?

The benefits include increased confidence in the care provided because you know the organization is:

  • Continually working to provide the highest quality services
  • Periodically evaluated by The Joint Commission for compliance with the highest quality standards
  • Provided with expert advice and education from The Joint Commission about quality improvement
  • Able to attract qualified staff because they have more opportunities to develop their skills and knowledge