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MEDICAL ACCREDITING BODIES AND THE JOINT COMMISSION 2
Licensure Standards
There are various accrediting organizations whose function is to establish the
standards of healthcare delivery. Some of these bodies include the Agency for Healthcare
Research and Quality (AHRQ), American Accreditation HealthCare Commission (AAHC)
and the Joint Communication on Accreditation of Healthcare Organization (JCAHO). These
bodies ensure delivery of quality healthcare program. The Centres for Medicare & Medicaid
Services (CMS) is a federal agency tasked with the administering of the healthcare programs
in the nation and the collection and analysing of complex data on the same programs to come
up with a report to assist in eliminating cases of fraud and other forms of abuse in the
healthcare system (Ryan, 2015).
The JCAHO and the CMS are supposed to ensure that all healthcare facilities are
functioning as per the federal regulations. Safety and quality are key goals of these two
organizations. One of the similarities between the two on patient communication is on
Provision of Care (PC), this advocate for communication between the healthcare provider and
a patient who is being transferred or discharged. The hospital is obligated to provide
information on treatment, care, and other relevant information to the other service provider
who will be responsible for the patient after the transfer or after they are discharged. The
other element of similarity is the Elements of Performance (EP). This requires the healthcare
include the information on the resources and the referrals made to the patient during the
handing off (Stausberg, 2003).
On the same issue of patient communication, there are rules established by the CMS that do
not apply to the Joint Commission. One of the rules is that a patient has the right to have a
physician and a family representative notified in case of admission to a healthcare facility.
The other difference between the two on the patient communication is that CMS advocates
that it is mandatory for a hospital to refer or transfer a patient together with all the medical
information for easier follow-up (Ryan, 2015). The Joint Commission does not consider this

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Running Head: MEDICAL ACCREDITING BODIES AND THE JOINT COMMISSION Medical Accrediting Bodies and the Joint Commission Name Institution 1 MEDICAL ACCREDITING BODIES AND THE JOINT COMMISSION Licensure Standards There are various accrediting organizations whose function is to establish the standards of healthcare delivery. Some of these bodies include the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), American Accreditation HealthCare Commission (AAHC) and the Joint Communication on Accreditation of Healthcare Organization (JCAHO). These bodies ensure delivery of quality healthcare program. The Centres for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is a federal agency tasked with the administering of the healthcare programs in the nation and the collection and analysing of complex data on the same programs to come up with a report to assist in eliminating cases of fraud and other forms of abuse in the healthcare system (Ryan, 2015). The JCAHO and the CMS are supposed to ensure that all healthcare facilities are functioning as per the federal regulations. Safety and quality are key goals of these two organizations. One of the similarities between the two on patient communication is on ...
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