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The role of the Joint Commission in accrediting medical facilities

Part I
Discuss the following:
• The role of the Joint Commission in accrediting medical facilities
• Which facilities can be accredited?
• What are the goals of the Commission?
• How do existing Joint Commission guidelines impact facilities that are not accredited by the Commission?
• Is it mandatory for organizations to be accredited by the Joint Commission? If not, what impact does not having such accreditation mean in terms of reimbursement?

Part II
• Create a memorandum where:
• You are the administrator of the health information department for a medium-sized facility. You have just been informed by the compliance officer that the Joint Commission will be visiting your facility and will be focusing on your department.
• Begin the memorandum by including information you believe will be important for your personnel to know to prepare for the visit.
• Then, anticipate possible questions that the Commission might have for you in terms of compliance.
• How will you and your department respond to these questions? How will you manage any negative findings during the visit?
• Finally, discuss how current noncompliance findings can be avoided in the future in this memorandum

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Part I
Discuss the following:
• The role of the Joint Commission in accrediting medical facilities• Which facilities can be accredited? • What are the goals of the Commission? • How do existing Joint Commission guidelines impact facilities that are not accredited by the Commission? • Is it mandatory for organizations to be accredited by the Joint Commission? If not, what impact does not having such accreditation mean in terms of reimbursement?

The Joint Commission is an independent non-profit group that serves as the accreditation issuer within the United States as it develops performance standards for accreditation programs that hospitals and other healthcare-related organizations are required to pass to receive accreditation from the Commission. These standards are predicated upon addressing crucial elements of operation that involve patient care, medication safety, infection control, and patient's rights. The necessity to receive accreditation is predicated upon the fact that any healthcare organization that wants to be licensed and receive reimbursement for Medicaid must become accredited. This doesn't insinuate that accreditation is mandatory because it isn't unless the healthcare organization wants to be licensed and receive reimbursement for Medicaid.

Therefore, accreditation is theoretically a necessity for any healthcare organization in the United States. Organizations that need accreditation for their licenses and reimbursement from Medicaid include •Critical access hospitals •Home healthcare organizations, which entail medical equipment services, hospice services •Nursing homes and other long term care facilities that provide permanent care for residents •Behavioral health care organizations, addiction services that entail substance abuse and treatment centres •General, psychiatric, children's and rehabilitation hospitals and centres ...

Solution Summary

The role of the joint commission in accrediting medical facilities are given. The facilities which can be accredited are provided.

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