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Briefings on The Joint Commission, March 2007

Briefings on Accreditation and Quality, March 1, 2007

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GAO report finds that Joint Commission/JCR firewall okay

Q&A with Kurt Patton

The Joint Commission releases 147 new or revised FAQs for 2007 National Patient Safety Goals

Compliance with MM.3.20 comes down to following hospital policy for communicating med orders

Two surveys in one year show consistency in The Joint Commission's survey process, one hospital reports

New rule for hospital discharges takes effect July 1

 

GAO report finds that Joint Commission/JCR firewall okay

A U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) report finds no fault with the separation between The Joint Commission's accreditation operations and the publishing and consulting operations of its affiliate, Joint Commission Resources, Inc. (JCR).

"Despite The Joint Commission's control over JCR, the two organizations have taken steps designed to protect facility-specific information," reads the GAO report, released on January 16. The report was prepared at the request of Representative Pete Stark (D-CA) and Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Max Baucus (D-MT), although Baucus' name was left off the final report.

According to the report, the organizations created a "firewall" in 1987, policies to establish a barrier between The Joint Commission and JCR to prevent "improper sharing" of information. "For example, the firewall is intended to prevent JCR from sharing the names of hospital clients with The Joint Commission," the report reads.

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