The Joint Commission (TJC) is, by far, one of the biggest names in hospital accreditation. Formerly known for years as the Joint Commission on the Accreditation Healthcare Organizations, TJC’s mission still rings true today: “To continuously improve healthcare for the public in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating healthcare organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe, effective care of the highest quality and value.”
Officially founded in 1951, TJC was granted deeming authority for hospitals through Social Security Amendments enacted in 1965. Organizations accredited by TJC are “deemed” to be in compliance with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Conditions of Participation (CoPs).
However, accreditation by TJC does not mean an organization will not be surveyed by CMS. Like all other accrediting bodies, TJC is required to reapply for deemed status on a regular basis for all of its programs, including acute care hospitals, ambulatory healthcare, behavioral healthcare, clinical laboratory services, critical access hospitals, home health, hospitals, nursing care centers, and office-based surgery. Disease-specific certification is also available in…