The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations is poised at a key point in its history. Decisions that will be made this year by the JCAHO, hospitals, purchasers and the government will determine what role the JCAHO will play under a reformed national healthcare system.
This cover story is the first installment of a two-part status report on the JCAHO. The first part examines the development of the JCAHO's clinical indicator monitoring system and its acceptance by hospitals and others, and the ability of the system to improve patient care. The second part, to be published in an upcoming issue of MODERN HEALTHCARE, will focus on the JCAHO's efforts to position itself for reform.