Five acute-care hospitals were placed on conditional accreditation status in the latest round of decisions reached by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.
Three hospitals were conditionally accredited, a probationary status, at the June 3 meeting of the commission's accreditation committee. Those hospitals are 25-bed White Mountain Communities Hospital in Springerville, Ariz.; 139-bed Tustin (Calif.) Hospital Medical Center; and 78-bed Russell County Medical Center in Lebanon, Va.
Two hospitals were placed on conditional status following staff reviews between April 9 and May 20. They are 229-bed Las Vegas (N.M.) Medical Center and 49-bed Cobre Valley Community Hospital in Claypool, Ariz.
Hospitals on conditional status are required to develop a plan to correct problems in meeting accreditation standards as identified by JCAHO surveyors. A follow-up survey is conducted in about six months, after which the hospital is granted full accreditation or informed it won't be accredited.
The JCAHO also grants accreditation "with Type I recommendations," its phrasing for the most serious compliance deficiencies. But the commission judges those problems to be less severe than the type and number that can add up to a conditional accreditation.
Hospitals accredited with "Type I" problems also must develop and follow a plan of correction by a target date (See related story, this page).
According to JCAHO figures, 86% of hospitals surveyed in 1993 were accredited with "Type I" conditions to correct. Only 6% were given full accreditation without any such conditions. In addition, 3% were given conditional accreditation and 5% were denied accreditation.
No acute-care hospitals were denied accreditation in the latest round of decisions, but denials were imposed on three home healthcare agencies. Four other home healthcare agencies were conditionally accredited.