A new report published by the U.S. Government Accountability Office reaffirmed some concerns about the Joint Commissions relationship with its consulting subsidiary, Joint Commission Resources, though the commission itself views the report as validation of a job well done.
The GAO report, Hospital Accreditation: Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations Relationship With Its Affiliate, doesnt identify a smoking gun showing a direct conflict of interest between the Joint Commission and its not-for-profit consulting arm.
We are not making any type of conclusions involving JCAHO in terms of this report, said Leslie Aronovitz, the GAOs director of healthcare issues. The reader has to make that determinationwhether they think there is no smoking gun or whether theyre uncomfortable with the substantial control that JCAHO has over JCR.
At least one influential congressman who requested the report said it affirms his view that scrutiny of the Joint Commission should continue.
In my mind, the GAOs most important finding is being largely overlooked, Rep. Pete Stark (D-Calif.) told Modern Healthcare via an e-mail from a spokeswoman.