Helps organize and strengthen patient safety efforts

Patient safety and quality of care issues are at the forefront of Joint Commission standards and initiatives.  

Strengthens community confidence in the quality and safety of care, treatment and services

Achieving accreditation makes a strong statement to the community about an organization’s efforts to provide the highest quality services. 

Improves risk management and risk reduction

Joint Commission standards focus on state-of-the-art performance improvement strategies that help health care organizations continuously improve the safety and quality of care, which can reduce the risk of error or low quality care.  

Provides education to improve business operations

Joint Commission Resources, the Joint Commission’s not-for-profit affiliate, provides continuing support and education services to accredited organizations in a variety of settings. 

Provides professional advice and counsel, enhancing staff education

Joint Commission surveyors are experienced health care professionals trained to provide expert advice and education services during the on-site survey.

Enhances staff recruitment and development

Joint Commission accreditation can attract qualified personnel, who prefer to serve in an accredited organization. Accredited organizations also provide additional opportunities for staff to develop their skills and knowledge.

Provides deeming authority for Medicare certification

Some accredited health care organizations qualify for Medicare and Medicaid certification without undergoing a separate government quality inspection, which eases the burdens of duplicative federal and state regulatory agency surveys.

Recognized by insurers and other third parties 

In some markets, accreditation is becoming a prerequisite to eligibility for insurance reimbursement and for participation in managed care plans or contract bidding.

Provides a framework for organizational structure and management

Accreditation involves preparing for a survey and maintaining a high level of quality and compliance with the latest standards. Joint Commission accreditation provides guidance to an organization’s quality improvement efforts. 

Provides practical tools to strengthen or maintain performance excellence

The Leading Practice Library offers good practices submitted by accredited organizations. The Targeted Solutions Tool, an interactive web-based tool from the Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare, allows accredited organizations to measure their organization’s performance and helps them find customized solutions for challenging health care problems.