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The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations' New Survey Process and Its Impact on HIM

Author: Catalano, Kathleen; Brown, Patricia J.

Source: AHIMA Convention

Publication Date: October 15, 2004

Overview of the "Shared Visions-New Pathways" Initiative


The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (Joint Commission) has a new survey initiative called "Shared Visions-New Pathways," and the change under this initiative in survey methodology became effectiv....

Accreditation: the First Layer of the Quality Floor

Author: Carol, Ruth

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: January 2002


Employers find data valuable, but still seek other measures. In this article, experts assess the uneasy relationship between the business community, healthcare organizations, and accreditation.
Stirring in the healthcare arena is an alphabet soup of accrediting bodies. There’s the....

How To Do a Failure Mode Analysis

Author: Spath, Patrice L.

Source: Quality Resource (newsletter)

Publication Date: July 02, 2001


Safety is an immense public concern for the healthcare industry. In response to these concerns, the Joint Commission is emphasizing patient safety issues during accreditation surveys. The need for a better understanding of the safety performance of healthcare processes has also prompted the J....

2001 Joint Commission Visit Highlights

Author: Raymond, Jackie

Source: Quality Resource (newsletter)

Publication Date: May 02, 2001


Our 2001 survey substantiated the Joint Commission’s increased interest in patient record documentation practices, policies, and procedures. Surveyors were consistent in their questioning of clinicians about medical record policies. The record review form and the delinquent record form w....

On the Line: Professional Practice Solutions

Author: Smith, Cheryl M.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2001




Q: What are the documentation requirements for the content of a discharge summary?

Q: Does the Joint Commission still conduct random unannounced surveys?
Cheryl Smith (cheryl.smith@ahima.org) is an HIM practice manager.Article citation:
Smith, Cheryl M. "On the....

Winning Joint Commission Jeopardy: Tips for Success

Author: Brow, Julie A.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2001




Organization, preparedness, and quality are three familiar words to those managing hospital and clinic health information. At no time is it more important to be organized, prepared, and quality-minded than when surveyors from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organi....

Journal Q&A (4/01)

Author: AHIMA Staff

Source: AHIMA Q and A

Publication Date: April 02, 2001

Q: Does the Joint Commission still conduct random unannounced surveys?

A: The random unannounced Joint Commission survey has been in effect since 1993. Originally the Joint Commission conducted a one-day survey at randomly selected accredited organizations approximately 18 months after the....

Dual Accreditation Presents Challenges, Opportunities

Author: Zender, Anne

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2000


While most HIM professionals are acquainted with participating in a facility's Joint Commission accreditation processes, a small but significant number work in facilities that are also accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA). Though the organizations have....