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Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point is Awarded Nine Disease Specific Care Certifications from the Joint Commission

July 27, 2012

Hudson, FL – Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point announces that nine chronic care management programs have earned the Gold Seal of Approval for healthcare quality. The Joint Commission awarded Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point disease-specific care certification for:

Advanced Certification In:

  • Primary Stroke Center

Certification in:

  • Acute Myocardial Infarction
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Coronary Artery Bypass Graft
  • Heart Failure
  • Joint Replacement Hip
  • Joint Replacement Knee
  • Lung Cancer
  • Pneumonia

To earn this distinction a disease management program undergoes an extensive, unannounced, on-site evaluation by a team of Joint Commission reviewers every two years. The program is evaluated against Joint Commission standards through an assessment of a program’s processes, the program’s ability to evaluate and improve care within its own organization, and interviews with patients and staff.

Certification Process

Certification is available to Joint Commission accredited organizations on a voluntary basis. Certification requirements address three areas:

  • Compliance with consensus-based national standards
  • Effective use of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines to manage and optimize care
  • An organized approach to performance measurement and improvement activities

Disease-specific programs that successfully demonstrate compliance in all three areas are awarded certification for a two year period. At the end of the first year, the organization is required to participate in a conference call to attest to its continued compliance with the standards and to review performance improvement activities.

Benefits of Certification

Disease-specific care programs seek certification because it:

  • Improves the quality of care provided to patients
  • Demonstrates commitment to a higher standard of service
  • Provides a framework for organizational structure and management
  • Provides a competitive edge in the marketplace
  • Enhances staff recruitment and development, and
  • Recognized by insurers and other third parties

“This certification means that Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point does the right things and does them well for these patients,” says Jean E. Range, MS, RN, CPHQ, Executive Director Disease-Specific Care Certification, Joint Commission.

“Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point voluntarily pursued this comprehensive, independent evaluation to enhance the safety and quality of care we provide,” says Shayne George, CEO. “We’re proud to achieve this distinction.”

Information available to the public

Quality Reports for Joint Commission certified Disease-Specific Care Programs are available on the Quality Check™ website, www.QualityCheck.org.

The Joint Commission launched its Disease-Specific Care Certification Program in 2002. It is the first program of its kind in the country to certify disease management programs. The list of programs certified by The Joint Commission is available at www.JointCommission.org.

Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve the safety and quality of care provided to the public through the provision of health care accreditation and related services that support performance improvement in health care organizations. The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits nearly 15,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States, including more than 8,000 hospitals and home care organizations, and more than 6,800 other health care organizations that provide long term care, assisted living, behavioral health care, laboratory and ambulatory care services. The Joint Commission also accredits health plans, integrated delivery networks, and other managed care entities. In addition, the Joint Commission provides certification of disease-specific care programs, primary stroke centers, and health care staffing services. An independent, not-for-profit organization, the Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more about the Joint Commission at www.jointcommission.org.


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