JCAHO award honors PI improvement efforts

The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) created the Ernest A. Codman Award in 1996 to recognize health care organizations for achievements in the use of process and outcome measures to improve performance and care. Codman has been regarded in health care as the father of outcomes measurement.

Awards are given in a number of organization categories, including home care, a category that also includes hospice and home medical equipment. In order to be eligible, an organization must hold a status of Accreditation with Recommendations for Improvement or better.

A home health agency also must have been surveyed under the home care standards in its most recent JCAHO survey.

An application form for the award will be available on the JCAHO Web site (www.jcaho org) beginning in early 2001. The entry fee is $295. An evaluation committee of national experts in performance measurement will judge entries. Finalists are subject to an on-site visit conducted by a JCAHO surveyor and office staff member who review the organization’s work and validate the information in the application.

Based on the application and the on-site review, the evaluation committee makes recommendations to the executive committee of JCAHO’s board of commissioners. Winners are notified in August and honored in October at an awards program in Chicago.

For more information on the Ernest A. Codman Award contact JCAHO by telephone at (630) 792-5000 or visit the organization’s Web site.