The Joint Commission has formally included physicians and medical staff in its
accreditations so-called good-faith participation requirement, which allows healthcare
personnel to report safety and quality concerns without fear of retaliation.
The good-faith rule previously referred generally to hospital staff, with the awareness
that doctors and medical staff were included; the new rule makes that assumption explicit,
the Joint Commission said in a news release.
The new rule, which takes effect Jan. 1, means accredited hospitals must educate medical
staff and others that any employee or physician who has concerns about the safety or
quality of care provided in the hospital may report those concerns to the commission.
The Joint Commission policy forbids accredited organizations from taking retaliatory
actions against those who report concerns because it is the obligation of everyone in an
organization to make patient well-being a priority, said William Jacott, special adviser
for professional relations, in a written statement. -- by href="mailto:[email protected]">Jean DerGurahian
href="mailto:[email protected]">Jean DerGurahian