The Joint Commission recently announced that its long-standing Long Term Care accreditation program will be replaced by a new Nursing and Rehabilitation Center accreditation program effective July 1, 2013. In addition, The Joint Commission will now also offer a certification option for facilities that provide advanced rehabilitation services. The revamped accreditation is a result of a year-long project that weighed the input of consumers, providers and other stakeholders.
Gina Zimmermann, M.S., executive director of Nursing and Rehabilitation Center Accreditation for The Joint Commission, said in a statement, "The [new] program will help nursing facility leaders proactively identify vulnerabilities to safeguard patients and residents.” She also says the changes will help organizations “…to minimize the risk of readmissions from nursing homes to hospitals and other care providers."
What you need to know:
As indicated in RehabCare’s white paper titled Optimizing the Performance of a Hospital Outpatient Rehabilitation Department, rehab teams should be actively involved in the accreditation process. Knowing and complying with accreditation requirements is an essential function of any rehab department or facility.
For more information about Nursing and Rehabilitation Center Accreditation or the Rehabilitation and Advanced Care Certification option, call 630-792-5020 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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