Joint Commission accreditation symbolizes an organization’s demonstration of evidence-based methods that lead to positive outcomes, that’s why each Evoke Wellness facility is fully JCAHO accredited.
What Is JCAHO All About?
The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations or JCAHO is a nonprofit organization based in the United States that accredits over 20,000 healthcare organizations and programs in the country. The mission of The Joint Commission is to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. Its vision is that all people always experience the safest, highest quality, best-value health care across all settings. JCAHO enterprise is a global driver of quality improvement and patient safety in health care. Through leading practices, unmatched knowledge and expertise, and rigorous standards they help organizations, across the continuum of care lead the war to zero harm.
Why Is Being JCAHO Accredited Important?
When we chose Joint Commission accreditation, we chose to pursue a commitment to excellence across the spectrum of care that will elevate our organization and give our patients safety at our three Evoke locations in Florida, Massachusetts, and New Jersey. Being accredited by The Joint Commission helps us, here at Evoke Wellness, to position ourselves for the future of integrated care. Joint Commission accreditation provides us with guidance to quality improvement efforts since we must prepare for the survey and maintain a high level of quality compliance with the latest standards. Our accreditation is becoming a prerequisite to eligibility for insurance reimbursement and for participation in managed care plans or contract bidding, therefore we are accepted by most of our patient’s health insurance coverages.
Joint Commission accreditation helps us attract qualified personnel, who prefer to serve in an accredited organization. As an accredited organization we also provide additional opportunities for staff to develop their skills and knowledge. The Joint Commission’s not-for-profit affiliate provides us with continuing support and education services in a variety of settings. The reduction of the risk of error or low-quality care is eliminated by the continuous improvement of safety and quality of care that the JCAHO state of the art performance improvements strategies help us with. Our communities see our efforts to provide the highest quality services. Patient safety and quality of care issues are at the forefront of Joint Commission standards and initiatives and this is why we are JCAHO accredited.
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How Does The JCAHO Accreditation Process Work?
Joint Commission surveyors visit accredited health care organizations a minimum of once every 36 months to evaluate standards compliance. This visit is called a survey. All regular Joint Commission accreditation surveys are unannounced. Joint Commission surveyors are highly trained experts who are doctors, nurses, hospital administrators, laboratory medical technologists, and other health care professionals. During the survey, surveyors select patients randomly and use their medical records as a roadmap to evaluate standards compliance. As surveyors trace a patient’s experience in a health care organization, they talk to the doctors, nurses, and other staff who interacted with the patient. Surveyors also observe doctors and nurses providing care, and often speak to the patients themselves.
Joint Commission accreditation does not begin and end with the on-site survey. It is a continuous process. Every time a nurse double-checks a patient’s identification before administering medication, every time a psychotherapist or clinician creates an individualized addiction treatment plan, they live and breathe the accreditation process. Throughout the accreditation cycle, organizations are provided with a self-assessment scoring tool to help monitor their ongoing standards compliance. Joint Commission accreditation is woven into the fabric of a health care organization’s operations, as is the case with JCAHO accreditation at every Evoke Wellness facility.