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The Joint Commission

The Joint Commission operates voluntary accreditation programs for hospitals and other health care facilities. The Joint Commission can certify health care organizations as having met the Condition of Participation (CoP) required for reimbursement under the federal Medicare program. A majority of state governments recognizes Joint Commission accreditation as a condition of licensure and receiving Medicaid reimbursement. Inspections are typically tri-annual with accreditation and survey findings made publicly available.

Listed below are a series of topics about the the Joint Commission. Click on the title for more detailed information.

Joint Commission Background
The Joint Commission, an independent, not-for-profit organization, evaluates and accredits many health care organizations and programs in the United States.

Joint Commission Standards and the Survey Process
The Joint Commission standards contain requirements that apply to management of the health care physical environment. These include:

  • Environment of Care
  • Life Safety
  • Emergency Management

For each of these functional areas, there are several standards. Each standard has one or more elements of performance (EPs) that are used to evaluate compliance with the standard.

Accreditation Decisions
The accreditation category describes the health care organization’s compliance with applicable Joint Commission standards in all performance areas.

Deemed Status
For health care organizations to participate in and receive payment from the Medicare and Medicaid programs, it must be certified as complying with the Conditions of Participation (CoP), or standards, set forth in federal regulations.

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