The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations will give physician leaders five minutes to live by -- online -- in a new free video that explains why physician engagement is so important in the focus on clinical care in the JCAHO's new survey process.
William Jacott, M.D., special advisor for professional relations, and Russell Massaro, M.D., executive vice president for accreditation operations, play host on the streaming video "Physician Engagement."
"I hope it whets the physician's appetite to learn more about what the new survey is like," Massaro said. "It's helping physicians to see JCAHO as a dynamic instrument for true operation management within the organization."
He said the new survey process, which began Jan. 1, and has already been used with about 500 hospitals, incorporates changes requested by physicians, who wanted a greater connection between accreditation and patient care.
"We're trying to listen to the physicians who say these are the things we need to do more effectively," Massaro said.
One goal of the new JCAHO survey process it to foster more medical staff involvement in planning and effecting self-assessment systems and clinical improvement plans.
Hospital administrators are required to attest that such involvement is occuring and visiting JCAHO surveyors will check by interviewing medical staff members to ensure that it is, Massaro said.
The video runs on Windows MediaPlayer and is available at jcaho.org by clicking on Shared Visions -- New Pathways, then on Video Information Series.