OAKBROOK TERRACE, IL -- (Marketwire) -- 01/07/13 -- The Joint Commission today announced its new Nursing and Rehabilitation Center Accreditation program, and for the first time is offering a Rehabilitation and Advanced Care Certification option. The Nursing and Rehabilitation Center Accreditation program, which replaces the Long Term Care Accreditation program, is designed to help providers achieve, maintain and demonstrate excellence in the services they provide. Both the accreditation program and certification option are the products of a year-long reinvention project which gathered input from consumers, providers, payers and other stakeholders. The reinvented standards, survey process and certification option will be effective on July 1, 2013.
"Studies show that long term care organizations are providing more complex care to their patients and residents than in the past, and they are seeking ways to meet increasing demands for quality oversight. The Joint Commission's Nursing and Rehabilitation Center Accreditation program uses a patient- and resident-centered quality framework and collaborative evaluation services to help them meet these demands," says Gina Zimmermann, M.S., executive director, Nursing and Rehabilitation Center Accreditation, The Joint Commission. "The program will help nursing facility leaders proactively identify vulnerabilities to safeguard patients and residents. It can also help them to minimize the risk of readmissions from nursing homes to hospitals and other care providers."
The certification option recognizes the more advanced rehabilitation services provided to patients in nursing and rehabilitation centers, while continuing to elevate the quality of care provided to all those served within their organization. The certification is separate from The Joint Commission's Disease Specific Care (DSC) certification program. Unlike the DSC program, the review is conducted at the same time as the accreditation survey using the same surveyors, and has a three-year cycle.
An overview of the enhancements includes:
Prepublication standards for the accreditation and certification options are available on The Joint Commission's website at www.jointcommission.org/standards_information/prepublication_standards.aspx. Beginning in February, educational webinars and teleconferences will be provided to give customers an overview of program enhancements. Programming will also be provided for individuals and organizations new to the accreditation process.
For more information about Nursing and Rehabilitation Center Accreditation, or the Rehabilitation and Advanced Care Certification option, please call 630.792.5020 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 20,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States, including more than 10,600 hospitals and home care organizations, and more than 6,600 other health care organizations that provide long term care, behavioral health care, laboratory and ambulatory care services. The Joint Commission also certifies more than 2,400 disease-specific care programs such as stroke, heart failure, joint replacement and stroke rehabilitation, and 400 health care staffing services. An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more about The Joint Commission at www.jointcommission.org.
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