A new report by the Government Accountability Office said the relationship between the Joint Commission and its not-for-profit subsidiary, Joint Commission Resources, should be watched vigilantly to protect against conflicts of interest. The GAO noted that the Joint Commission and its subsidiary have taken steps to separate their business functions and protect the integrity of the hospital accreditation process. The two organizations have acknowledged the need to ensure that JCRs consultative services do not affect, and are perceived not to affect, the independence of the Joint Commissions accreditation process, the GAO said. Read the report. -- by Joseph Conn
GAO: Protect accreditation process
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