When the Joint Commission’s grading, how will you score?

August 25, 2011


Does your organization focus on healthcare service delivery? If so, chances are that, for your facility, Joint Commission compliance is a top priority.

The Joint Commission (TJC), formerly the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), formed in 1917 as an independent, not-for-profit organization. The Joint Commission strives to hold healthcare organizations accountable to a nationally recognized and publically available set of institutional standards, thereby assuring consistently excellent care experiences for patients regardless of health issue, financial standing or healthcare institution of choice.

Ideally, TJC standards benefit both the patient and the care provider by fostering an on-going environment of self-improvement. In today’s fast-paced healthcare environment, patients and physicians-for-hire look to organizations like the Joint Commission to point them toward the most credible institutions. Whether or not an organization meets or exceeds these standards can help predict both the facility’s short-term success and long-term staying power. While a high score provides affirmation to your organization and mission, any number of recommended Requirements For Improvement (RFIs) by the Joint Commission could provide disastrous media ammunition for your competition and cause you to lose business and credibility.

In spite of its importance, keeping track of your score on the Joint Commission’s report card can get overwhelming – especially when you must also monitor your facility’s marketing, human resources, new medical policy integration and dozens of other institutional factors. For this reason, organizations such as Methodist Richardson Medical Center have opted to partner with the facility management experts of Vanguard Resources.

A full-service, facility management partner like Vanguard will lead your internal TJC compliance efforts, constantly tracking your institution’s status and recommending strategies for improvement. We have the professional and technical expertise to structure customized and results-focused policies that get to the heart of every existing and potential compliance issue. At present, our team offers client-partners a full-service solution to compliance management and improvement. We review their existing data and current TJC score, gaining an in-depth perspective off of which we structure proactive RFI resolutions. Our solutions eliminate current institution issues and prevent similarly dissatisfactory ratings from reoccurring in the future. We even represent your organization during the official TJC on-site survey.

To find out more about how Vanguard Resources regulatory specialists can help your organization ace TJC’s annual compliance exam, contact us at (210) 495-1950 or toll-free at 1-800-211-8848.