VA hospitals score high in JCAHO quality measures

In one of the health care industry’s top measurements of quality, the hospitals of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) scored slightly higher than their non-VA counterparts.

The scores were based on triennial surveys of VA health care facilities by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO). VA’s mean score was 93, nearly two points higher than the average for non-VA hospitals nationwide.

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Anthony J. Principi announced the scores recently. Each of the 58 VA hospitals surveyed in 2001 received a full three-year accreditation.

All of VA’s hospitals are fully accredited by JCAHO. VA’s Consolidated Mail Outpatient Pharmacies (CMOP), which dispense more than 65 million prescriptions a year to VA facilities and veterans, were accredited by JCAHO for the first time in 1999 and are scheduled for resurvey in 2002. Six of the seven CMOPs achieved Accreditation with Commendation. VA was the first mail prescription service to be accredited by the Joint Commission.