The Joint Commission has announced a comment period for proposed standards in its new healthcare services certification program. Comments are due by April 8, and the commission hopes to launch its new program in August.
The core standards are designed for specialty clinical services that currently are not part of the commissions existing accreditation and certification programs. The certification focuses on microsystems within healthcare facilities that direct care, treatment and service delivery, the commission said in a news release.
The proposed standards will evaluate how well an organization integrates microsystems, patient-centered care and service-specialty concepts. In addition to the core standards, posted Feb. 26, the proposal includes standards specific to palliative care as well. Initially, the new certification will be offered for palliative care, but the commission said it hopes to open it to other eligible clinical services including wound care, physical rehabilitation and ventilator treatment. -- by Jean DerGurahian
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