WHERE WAS JCAHO DURING COVID

The Role of JCAHO in the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Joint Commission (JCAHO) is an independent, not-for-profit organization that accredits and certifies healthcare organizations in the United States. JCAHO's mission is to improve the quality of healthcare for the public by evaluating and accrediting healthcare organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care.

JCAHO's Response to COVID-19

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, JCAHO took immediate action to support healthcare organizations in their response to the crisis. JCAHO developed and disseminated guidance to help healthcare organizations prepare for and respond to the pandemic, including guidance on infection control, personal protective equipment (PPE), and surge capacity. JCAHO also worked closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other public health agencies to ensure that its guidance was up-to-date and aligned with the latest scientific evidence.

JCAHO's Virtual Surveys

In response to the pandemic, JCAHO temporarily suspended its in-person surveys and began conducting virtual surveys instead. Virtual surveys are conducted remotely, using videoconferencing technology. This allowed JCAHO to continue to survey healthcare organizations and ensure that they were meeting JCAHO's standards, even during the pandemic.

JCAHO's Advocacy Work

JCAHO also used its voice to advocate for healthcare organizations during the pandemic. JCAHO called on policymakers to provide financial support to healthcare organizations and to ensure that healthcare workers had the resources they needed to respond to the pandemic. JCAHO also worked to raise awareness of the challenges that healthcare organizations were facing during the pandemic.

The Future of JCAHO

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on JCAHO and the healthcare industry as a whole. JCAHO has adapted to the challenges of the pandemic and has continued to provide support to healthcare organizations. As the pandemic continues, JCAHO will continue to play an important role in ensuring that healthcare organizations are providing safe and effective care to the public, no matter what challenges they face.

HEADINGS

  • JCAHO's Mission
  • JCAHO's Response to COVID-19
  • JCAHO's Virtual Surveys
  • JCAHO's Advocacy Work
  • The Future of JCAHO

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  • What is JCAHO?
    JCAHO is an independent, not-for-profit organization that accredits and certifies healthcare organizations in the United States.

  • What did JCAHO do in response to COVID-19?
    JCAHO developed and disseminated guidance to help healthcare organizations prepare for and respond to the pandemic, including guidance on infection control, personal protective equipment (PPE), and surge capacity. JCAHO also worked closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other public health agencies to ensure that its guidance was up-to-date and aligned with the latest scientific evidence.

  • How did JCAHO conduct surveys during the pandemic?
    JCAHO temporarily suspended its in-person surveys and began conducting virtual surveys instead. Virtual surveys are conducted remotely, using videoconferencing technology.

  • What did JCAHO do to advocate for healthcare organizations during the pandemic?
    JCAHO called on policymakers to provide financial support to healthcare organizations and to ensure that healthcare workers had the resources they needed to respond to the pandemic. JCAHO also worked to raise awareness of the challenges that healthcare organizations were facing during the pandemic.

  • What is the future of JCAHO?
    JCAHO will continue to play an important role in ensuring that healthcare organizations are providing safe and effective care to the public, no matter what challenges they face.

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