Inside The Joint Commission for Home Health Care Accreditation

April 23, 2021

The Joint Commission is an independent, non-profit entity that provides health care organizations, including home and community-based agencies, with accreditation and other services. The Joint Commission offers organizations first-time accreditation and certification as well as ongoing support for home health care agencies and providers to sustain peak performance throughout the three-year cycle of accreditation.

Accreditation provides home health care providers with credibility and illustrates their commitment to quality care and operations. It makes a strong statement to the community about an organization’s efforts to provide the highest-quality services, and strengthens the community’s confidence in that organization.

Beyond Accreditation: Additional Resources

The Joint Commission provides resources for home health care providers to continue to excel beyond accreditation. These resources include in-person sessions, webinars and live video streaming on topics related to quality, safety and regulatory compliance by an expert faculty. Experts include clinicians, physicians, pharmacists, engineers, administrators, and former CMS surveyors. Their expertise spans the care continuum, allowing for the ability to tailor programs based on a home health care provider’s staff needs.

Some specific topics include:

  • Accreditation Standards and Survey Updates for all Joint Commission Programs
  • Understanding CMS CoPs, Survey Process
  • Environment of Care®
  • Life Safety Code
  • Infection Prevention and Control
  • Quality and Patient Safety
  • Credentialing and Medical Staff
  • Tracers and Continuous Readiness

The Joint Commission also offers a suite of complimentary business intelligence tools to their accredited home health care agencies. For example, key data is available via its SAFER dashboard for organizations to spot trends in performance to deliver safe, high-quality care and better prioritize future improvements efforts.

Not only does the reputation of home health care organizations improve within their communities with accreditation and ongoing access to best practices, but utilizing the resources available by The Joint Commission complements the risk-management strategies they should be employing to reduce their exposures and improve their risk profiles from an insurance standpoint.

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