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Facts About Joint Commission

Joint Commission Gold Seal of ApprovalMission

To continuously improve the safety and quality of care provided to the public through the provision of healthcare accreditation and related services that support performance improvement in health care organizations.

Position Statement

Helping health-care organizations help patients.

The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits nearly 15,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. An independent, not-for-profit organizaion, The Joint Commission is the nation's predominant standards-setting and accrediting body in health. Since 1951, the Joint Commission has maintained state-of-the-art standards that focus on improving the quality and safety of care provided by health care organizations. The Joint Commission's accrediation process evaluates an organization's compliance with these standards. Joint Commission accreditation is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization's commitment to meeting certain performance standards. To maintain the Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval, an organization must undergo an on-site survey by a Joint Commission survey team at least every three years.

Benefits of Joint Commission accreditation and certification:

  • Strengthens community confidence in the quality and safety of care, treatment and services
  • Improves risk management and risk reduction
  • Provides a competitive edge in the marketplace
  • Provides education on good practices to improve business operations
  • Provides professional advice and counsel, enhancing staff education
  • Enhances staff recruitment and development
  • Recognized by select insurers and other third parties
  • May fulfill regulatory requirements in select states

The Joint Commission provides a comprehensive guide to help individuals learn more about the safety and quality of Joint Commission accredited health care organizations and program throughout the United States. Quality Check, located at www.qualitycheck.org includes each accredited organization's most recent Quality Report. This report provides detailed information about an organization's performance and how it cmpares to similiar organizations; the organization's decision and the effective dates of the accreditation award; programs accredited by the Joint Commission, and programs or services accredited by other accrediting bodies; compliance with the Joint Commission's National Patient Safety Goals; special quality awards; and for hospitals, performance on National Quality Improvement Goals.