Established in 1988, The Joint Commission’s Home Care Accreditation program accredits approximately 6,000 programs that provide home care services directly or through a contracted individual or organization. The following services are accredited under the Home Care Accreditation program.
Home Health: Professional services, such as skilled nursing; physical, speech or occupational therapies; medical social work and para-professional home health aide services. Note: A federal deemed status option for Joint Commission-accredited home health agencies is available. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) retains the authority to conduct random validation surveys and complaint investigations in all certified home health agencies.
The Joint Commission’s accreditation process concentrates on operational systems critical to the safety and quality of patient care. To earn and maintain accreditation, a home care organization must undergo an on-site survey within a range of 18-36 months. The objective of the survey is to evaluate the organization and provide education and guidance that will help staff continue to improve performance. Surveyors use pre-survey information to conduct a more organization-specific and