The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations is a private, not for profit organization established in 1951 to evaluate health care organizations that voluntarily seek accreditation. The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 16,000 health care organizations in the United States, including 4,400 hospitals, more than 3,900 home care entities, and over 7,000 other health care organizations that provide behavioral health care, laboratory, ambulatory care, and long term care services. The Joint Commission also evaluates and accredits health plans and health care networks. It is governed by representatives from the American College of Physicians, the American College of Surgeons, the American Dental Association, the American Hospital Association, the American Medical Association, an at-large nursing representative, six public members, and the Joint Commission President.
The Joint Commission produces a diverse range of books, periodicals, and computer software and has over 100 products in its publications catalog. It publishes accreditation manuals for each of the programs it accredits health care organizations. All but the network program manuals are also available in electronic format. In Addition the Joint Commission publishes a wide range of books on quality improvement, performance measurement and assessment, standards compliance, and other topics of interest to health care organizations. Serial publications: Joint Commission Perspectives (newsletter), six issues per year; The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Safety monthly; Abstracts of Clinical Care Guidelines, Joint Commision Perspective on Patient Safety, monthly; 10 issues per year; Environment of Care News, six issues per year.
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