Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations


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Joint Com·mis·sion on Ac·cre·di·ta·tion of Health·care Or·ga·ni·za·tions (JCAHO),

(joynt kŏ-mish'ŭn ă-kre'di-tā'shŭn helth kār ōr'ga'ni-zā'shŭn),
A private, voluntary, not-for-profit group that provides accreditation to U.S. hospitals and other health care facilities (for example, long-term care, mental health, ambulatory care). Formerly JCAH. organizations in the U.S. including hospitals and other organizations providing home care, long-term care, mental health care, and ambulatory care services.

Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations

Hospital practice An independent, nonprofit organization sponsored by a number of medical associations that performs accreditation reviews primarily on hospitals, other institutional facilities, outpatient facilities and healthcare organizations, the purpose of which is to maintain a high standard of institutional care, by both establishing guidelines for the operation of hospitals and other–psychiatric, ambulatory and long-term healthcare facilities, 'policing' those facilities through surveys and periodic inspections

Joint Com·mis·sion on Ac·cre·di·ta·tion of Health·care Or·ga·ni·za·tions

(JCAHO) (joynt kŏ-mishŏn ă-kredi-tāshŭn helthkār ōrgăn-ī-zāshŭnz)
An independent nonprofit organization that evaluates and accredits health care organizations and programs in the United States.

Joint Com·mis·sion on Ac·cre·di·ta·tion of Health·care Or·ga·ni·za·tions

(JCAHO) (joynt kŏ-mishŏn ă-kredi-tāshŭn helthkār ōrgăn-ī-zāshŭnz)
A private, voluntary, not-for-profit group that provides accreditation to U.S. hospitals and other health care facilities.
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The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations is starting off 2003 with a new set of patient safety goals.
Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America, Minneapolis, MN announced that its LifeTrac Network has retained its standing as the only network of organ and bone marrow transplant centers accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO).
MAJOR STANDARDS REVISIONS RELEASED recently by The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) seek to reduce the use of restraints and seclusion in cases related to psychiatric disorders and substance abuse, with a subset of the standards for non-psychiatric settings.
Many facilities that have tried accreditation claim the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) surveyprocess is vastly preferable to the "gotcha" policing of the OBRA survey system.
The initial Standards by the JCAH (now the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, or JCAHO) required accredited hospitals to have organized medical staffs.
The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) is expected to release a standards manual within the next few months.
It also puts facilities in compliance with the new Environment of Care standards from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.
(3.) Joint commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. Revision to Joint Commission Standards in Support of Patient Safety and Medical/Health Care Error Reduction, Joint Commission Web site, www.jcaho.org, July 1, 2001.
CARF expects to roll out the program on July 1, 2000--the same date targeted by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations for the rollout of its assisted living accreditation program (see Newsfronts, July 1999).
The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) has unveiled substantially revised accreditation standards that sharpen the focus on processes critical to achieving sale, high-quality care.
David Perrott, MD, in Salinas, Calif., practices in the first office-based surgery practice to be accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) under a new, quality evaluation program.
Identifying pain as an "unnecessary" health problem, the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations has developed standards for pain management to be used in the facilities it accredits.
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