AHCJ urges Joint Commission to release inspection results

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The Association of Health Care Journalists has called upon The Joint Commission to make public its hospital accreditation surveys and complaint reports.

In a letter to the agency sent last week (PDF), AHCJ president Charles Ornstein noted that some consumers can obtain hospital inspection reports while others cannot, depending on where they live and which organization or regulator did the survey.

State licensing agencies and the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services consider the results of their inspections to be public record. But the Joint Commission does not release details on inspections it performs.

“This peculiar patchwork system treats consumers unequally and leaves millions in the dark about the performance of their local hospitals,” Ornstein wrote to Joint Commission president Mark Chassin, M.D.

AHCJ’s letter follows an effort by a group of consumer organizations to change the law to make inspections public.

“I urge the commission to take the lead on this issue, and demonstrate your commitment to transparency, by voluntarily opening these records to the public,” Ornstein wrote.

The Joint Commission said it has received AHCJ’s letter and is reviewing it.

2 thoughts on “AHCJ urges Joint Commission to release inspection results

  1. Mary T Johnson

    I think TJC should definitely release the results of its surveys. We see the results of nursing home surveys, school scores. It is only natural that the public get to see the results of hospital surveys.

  2. Mark Edward Pavlik

    !00% of patients admitted to a hospital will use a hospital bed/stretcher.
    Between The Joint Commission and ahca very little,or no time at all will be spent checking repair records,scale calibration,what department is in-charge of keeping the beds/stretchers operateing correctly. For Five years I was the only one at Halifax Hospital in Daytona Beach,FL.(600+beds/over 150 stretchers) that did all the repair work,and kept my records on scrap paper. Every year,when TJM or ahca showed up, I anticipated some kind of questions,or visit to my in hospital shop. Never was I asked anything.

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