Joint commission standards and processes





    Health care Providers may volunteer to be accredited by an external body. The Centers of Medicare and Medicaid provide an updated list of approved accrediting organizations. For this discussion, we are focusing on the acute care hospital. Below are fourteen of the categories in The Joint Commission Standards Manual and accreditation process topics. The topics for this discussion are assigned by students’ last names. See the chart below for your assigned topic.



Student Assignment based Upon Last Name          

 Environment of Care (EC)

Student last name begins with A

 Emergency Management (EM)

Student last name begins with B

 Human Resources (HR)

Student last name begins with C

 Infection Prevention and Control (IC)

Student last name begins with D

 Information Management (IM)

Student last name begins with E

 Leadership (LD)

Student last name begins with F and G

 Life Safety (LS)

Student last name begins with H

 Medication Management (MM)

Student last name begins with I and J

 Medical Staff (MS) Student last name begins with K

 National Patient Safety Goals (NPSG)

Student last name begins with L

 Nursing (NR)

Student last name begins with M

 Provision of Care, Treatment, and Services (PC)

Student last name begins with N

 Record of Care, Treatment, and Services (RC)

Student last name begins with O

 Rights and Responsibilities of the Individual (RI)

Student last name begins with P

 Accreditation Process Information

Student last name begins with Q and R

 Tracer Methodology

Student last name begins with S

 Sentinel Events

Student last name begins with T

 Performance Measurement and the ORYX®

Student last name begins with U and V

 Staffing Effectiveness Indicators

Student last name begins with W, Y, and Z


For your assigned topic, you will need to access The Joint Commission Standards Manual and The Joint Commission’s publication The Source. To access this information follow the steps below:


From the homepage of the Ashford University library, click on Find Articles & More in the purple bar near the top of the page. Next, take the following steps:


    Click on Databases by Subject

    Click on Health & Medicine

    Click on Joint Commission E-dition for the Standards manual

    Click on Joint Commission The Source

    Select two journal articles from The Source that were published within the past 3 years pertaining to your assigned topic.

    Identify and summarize the two articles chosen.  Your reponse should reflect  the standard,  how it is utilized and why it is important in health care, any best practice mentioned, summary of any forms or template shared and any other information that surprised you.


Initial Post: Your initial post should be 250 to 300 words. In addition to the textbook, utilize a minimum of two scholarly sources to support your points. Cite and reference your sources in APA format as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.

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