A look at Joint Commission scoring 101

Accreditation Connection, February 13, 2009

During its Standards Improvement Initiative, The Joint Commission’s goal was to review its scoring and decision process to get a more accurate look at each organization’s performance in terms of patient safety and quality.

The Joint Commission (formerly JCAHO) has created a clearer and more concise overall view of scoring with these revisions. The number of elements of performance (EP) has jumped from approximately 1,200 to more than 1,700.

All findings of less-than-full compliance to the standards will be cited by surveyors as an RFI. These must be resolved through an Evidence of Standards Compliance (ESC) submission.

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