The Joint Commission has replaced its accreditation program for long-term-care facilities with a revamped version that includes new standards for patient-centered care and a certification option for specialty services.
The Oakbrook Terrace, Ill.-based accreditation organization was prompted to make the changes based on feedback from accredited facilities as well as from those that were planning on seeking accreditation in the future, said Gina Zimmermann, the Joint Commission's executive director of nursing and rehabilitation center accreditation, in an interview.
“What we realized is that nursing homes have really changed a lot on recent years,” Zimmermann said. “They are beginning to specialize, both in their services and in the types of patients they serve. We wanted to identify a way to distinguish those specialty services.”