Commission creates advisory councils
NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted May 2, 2005
The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations recently established two advisory councils to give ambulatory care and office-based surgery professionals a chance to offer advice and insight on the accreditation process.
The 12-member Medical/Diagnostic Advisory Council represents a portion of the ambulatory care industry that includes organizations providing medical care, rehabilitation and imaging services. The Ambulatory Surgery Advisory Council addresses the viewpoints and accreditation needs of the freestanding surgery marketplace.
JCAHO will seek feedback from the councils, including suggestions for improving the accreditation process, enhancing standards to improve patient care and patient safety, and making legislative and regulatory changes. Both councils will meet three times a year.
Note: This item originally appeared at http://www.ama-assn.org/amednews/2005/05/02/prbf0502.htm.