Accreditation Agencies; Why TJC was formed.

Why TJC was formed- The Joint Commission was formed as a non-profit organization that accredits and certifies healthcare organizations in the US. The accreditation extends to the programs offered by the same healthcare organizations (The Joint Commission, 2017). It is involved in evaluating the standards of over 21,000 healthcare organizations and inspires them to attain excellence. Accreditation is valid for three years in most programs. The exception is for laboratory certification which is for two years. The certification is not mandatory but voluntary. It is the largest and oldest body in the nation that is involved in setting standards and accreditation in the healthcare sector (The Joint Commission, 2017). The Joint Commission
operates two affiliate non-profit organizations: Joint Commission Resources (JCR), which is involved in the provision of consultation and educational services. This includes publication. The other organization is The Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare which is tackles
issues of safety and quality in healthcare TJC Founding and History- It was founded in 1951 in order to continuously improve healthcare for the public in collaboration with stakeholders in the sector. It however has a history that can be traced back to 1910-1913 when the American College of Surgeons (ACS) was formed. Their objective was to standardize hospitals to an “end result” system (The Joint Commission, 2017). The ACS developed the minimum standards and began to inspect hospitals in 1917-1918.
In 1951, several medical associations joined the ACS as corporate members to form the Joint Commission. These were the American College of Physicians, the Canadian Medical Association, and the American Medical Association (The Joint Commission, 2017). TJC has since that time continuously improved its core mandate by partnering with new organizations and agencies. For example, in 2016, it launched the first Community- Based Palliative Care (CBPC) certification. In 2017, it partnered with Elsevier to begin publishing its journal, The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety (What’s New from The Joint Commission in 2017?, 2017).
TJC Mission and Vision- The mission that guides TJC is to improve the standards of healthcare for the public continuously in collaboration with other stakeholders in the sector. This involves evaluating healthcare organizations and inspiring them to excellence (The Joint Commission, 2017). Such healthcare organizations will in return provide care to the public that is effective and safe. It will also be of the highest value and quality. The vision statement posits that people of all cadres should be able to experience the safest and highest quality healthcare across all settings. They should also be able to access and experience the best value in healthcare.
TJC mission on patient safety- The Joint Commission puts emphasis on patient safety as part of its accreditation. The patient safety protocols that are expected by TJC are presented under the Patient Safety Systems (The Joint Commission, 2017). It sets the minimum standards with regards to the following events related to safety: The first is the patient safety event which is an incident that may result in harm to the patient. Adverse events are incidences on safety that actually result in harm to the patient. Sentinel events are not related to the primary cause of illness but affect the patient, resulting in permanent harm, death or severe temporary harm. Close calls are near misses on safety that do not cause harm to the patient. Conditions surrounding the patient that increase the probability of an adverse event are referred to as hazardous conditions.
TJC and NAMSS Ideal Credentialing Standard- While TJC is focused on accreditation and certification for healthcare organizations, NAMSS is focused on certification for medical care professionals. These are individuals who are tasked with ensuring that the staff employed in healthcare facilities comply with the agencies tasked with accreditation and regulation (NAMSS, 2017).They are expected to interpret the standards which are proposed and to implement them in their facilities. An important consideration that connects both TJC and NAMSS is the safety of the patients. In this regard, the standards of both TJC and NAMSS are tailored to ensure that the patients receive the highest level of care, especially with regards to
NAMSS Ideal Credentialing Standard in relation to TJC Standard- The NAMSS credentialing will help me to meet the TJC standard due to several reasons. NAMSS provides the specific requirements necessary needed for certification by TJC (NAMSS PASS aims to be the one stop for practice affiliation histories, 2015). By identifying and vetting the essential elements on certification, I will meet the TJC standards based on the 13 essential criteria identified by NAMSS (NAMSS, 2017).NAMSS is able to obtain and verify primary sources of verification such as TJC. This in effect means that the certification by NAMSS qualifies within the context of practitioner competency that meets the minimum requirements of TJC. Based on
the competencies required by TJC on clinical knowledge, interpersonal skills and clinical skills, I feel I would qualify for their certification. This would be through the primary source or peer professional references. I therefore feel that I would meet the TJC standards on accreditation and


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