The Joint Fee will deal with the approval course of for scientific labs run by the Veteran Affairs Division, the accreditation group introduced Monday.
The Veterans Well being Administration’s reasonable and high-complexity scientific labs at VA medical facilities and community-based outpatient clinics might be licensed each two years beneath the association. That features educating directors and clinicians concerning the accreditation course of, finishing up on-site and post-survey critiques, monitoring actions, and knowledge and measurement.
“As the one accrediting physique that accredits and certifies throughout the continuum of care, we’re more than happy to collaborate with the VA on accreditation and quality-improvement alternatives at its laboratories,” Joint Fee CEO Dr. Mark Chassin stated in an announcement. “It’s important that VA laboratories present protected and high-quality care as they play their important position within the healthcare of so many veterans and their households throughout the nation.”
The association is efficient Sept. 15.
The Joint Fee accredits about 80% of the nation’s hospitals however has come beneath fireplace in recent times for its enterprise practices, together with the connection between its accrediting and consulting arms, main some consultants to warning a couple of battle of curiosity. There’s additionally some proof that its processes could not considerably enhance high quality.
CMS can approve accreditation organizations for as much as six years, however in June solely granted the Joint Fee two years, citing “issues” associated to its surveyor efficiency and comparability of the company’s survey course of.