4 facts about The Joint Commission's standards

The Joint Commission wrote a blog post on the development of its standards.

Here are four facts on The Joint Commission's standards:

1. The Joint Commission developed its standards after soliciting impact from healthcare professionals, providers, subject experts, consumers and federal organizations.

2. The Joint Commission only adds standards if they have a positive emphasis on outcomes, if they meet or surpass regulation and if they're measurable.

3. When new standards are developed they go through eight steps:

  • An issue is identified either through scientific literature or by The Joint Commission's standing committees
  • The Joint Commission drafts a standard with expert input
  • The standard is distributed nationally and public comments are collected
  • Revisions are made, if needed
  • Revisions are made to survey process, if needed
  • Surveyors are trained on how to access the standard
  • The approved standards are published
  • Feedback is solicited to encourage continuous improvement

4. Accredited and certified organizations receive an electronic version of the standard manual. 

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