Accreditation

JCAHO changes its name to The Joint Commission

Briefings on Accreditation and Quality, February 1, 2007

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On January 7, the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) became known as simply The Joint Commission.

The shortened name is what most people in the field already call the organization, including most officials at the accreditor's headquarters outside of Chicago.

A December 11, 2006, memo from Joint Commission President Dennis O'Leary to all employees first revealed the name change plans.

"This change is simply intended make our name more memorable than the . . . 18-syllable Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations," read O'Leary's memo, obtained by BOJ. "The shortened name signals and acknowledges the reality of progressive broadening of Joint Commission services and products in order to fulfill our mission.

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