Mandatory proof and electronic checks will determine if each of our employees has maintained good certification or licensure. Also stated before, the clinic will have a legal responsibility to the patients to make sure our staff is currently up-to-date when it comes to their license and certifications. Not only can the facility see fines and potential lawsuits for a patient being worked on by non-licensed staff, but so could the staff member themselves. Ethically, we do not want to put any of our patient or employees at risk for something that we could have prevented by staying up on each of their files. As a health care worker, we hope that our staff hasthe ethical standards to stand up and admit the situation before there is any harm done. We as clinic will do our best to stay up on this situation as we do not want to cost the company any money for issues that may arise from poor monitoring of this area.The accrediting body that we will be using for our accreditation is the Joint Commission. According to author Margaret Rouse (2016), the Joint Commission is an independent
LICENSING AND ACCREDITING11organization that was founded in 1951 and was called the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals. They are a not-for-profit group located in the U.S, and their function is to conduct voluntary accrediting inspections for hospitals and other health care facilities in the United States(Rouse, 2016). They did not begin accrediting any hospitals until 1953, and in 2007 they changed their name to the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), and more recently shorted that to just The Joint Commission. They also create performance standards that focus on the important areas of operations. Areas such as patient care, safety with prescriptions, infection control, and the rights of the patients (Rouse, 2016). Many of the state governments throughout our nation require medical facilities to obtain accreditation through the Joint Commission in order to be licensed for Medicaid reimbursement (Rouse, 2016). This also holds true for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in that they require accreditation to participate in the federal Medicare program (Rouse, 2016). Currently the Commission accredits over 20,500 facilities and educational programs in the United States (Rouse, 2016). They accredit almost all types of facilities, facilities such as general care, psychiatric, pediatrics, rehab centers, nursing homes, ambulatory facilities, and pharmacies just to name a few (Rouse, 2016). The surveys that they conduct are designed for each facility that they are inspecting, and meant to show and evaluate the facility’s performances in overall safety and the quality of patient care (Rouse, 2016). The Joint Commission helps to make a facility a better, more focused facility that keeps us all working toward the same goals.
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- Summer '16
- Health care provider, Joint Commission, AMTA