Random unannounced surveys end in 2007

Although the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations previously announced that random unannounced surveys would continue through 2008, the date for the end of random unannounced surveys has been changed to Dec. 31, 2007, says Mark Forstneger, spokesperson for the Joint Commission.

The Joint Commission conducts unannounced surveys on a 5% random sample of accredited organizations every year to ensure that demonstrate that organizations remain in compliance with Joint Commission standards throughout the three-year accreditation cycle. Random unannounced surveys are conducted nine to 30 months following the organization’s accreditation date.

All Joint Commission surveys are unannounced as of Jan. 1, 2006.