The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations said it has named 18 doctors to a "physician engagement advisory group" in an effort to boost the medical community's participation in the accreditation process and broaden physicians' involvement in the JCAHO's quality of care and patient-safety initiatives. The new advisory group includes physician quality directors and educators, chief medical officers, private-practice physicians and other leaders in the medical community. It will be chaired by William Jacott, the commission's special adviser for professional relations. The JCAHO has identified efforts to boost physicians' involvement in the accreditation process as a strategic priority. Greater involvement by doctors is "critically important to the success of patient-care and patient-safety improvement efforts," Jacott said. -- by Michael Romano
JCAHO names physician advisory group
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