The Joint Commission Selecting a Health Care Provider: Helping You Choose Quality Home Care and Hospice Services

by The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. The Joint Commission is a non-profit organization which evaluates (by performance based standards) and accredits over 15,000 healthcare organizations in the U.S., including hospitals, home health care, hospice providers, nursing homes, outpatient clinics, laboratories, behavioral health care organizations, health plans and others. The Joint Commission was originally formed in 1951 by the American College of Physicians, the American Hospital Association, and the American Medical Association (AMA), among others. Healthcare organizations accredited by the Joint Commission are deemed to meet Medicare conditions of participation.
The Joint Commission’s website provides good introductory information on the types of health care services provided in the home, and a list of questions to ask in selecting a home health service provider.

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