Joint Commission releases 2013 survey

The Joint Commission has released its 2013 “Survey Activity Guide for Health Care Organizations.”

You may find it at, and it is also posted in the Joint Commission Toolkit from the National Association of Healthcare Access Management (NAHAM), available to NAHAM members online.

The Joint Commission’s 2013 Survey Activity Guide released Dec. 18, 2012, has replaced the 2012 guide. The guide provides detailed information to help an organization prepare for an accreditation on-site survey. Included is a description of each activity that takes place during an accreditation on-site survey including logistical needs, session objectives, suggested participants, and an overview of the session.

Also available online to NAHAM members is an archived webinar that introduces the toolkit and discusses Joint Commission surveys, the toolkit, Tracer Methodology, and other special considerations for your next Joint Commission Survey. The webinar is presented by Michael Sciarabba, CHAM, director of patient access services, Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center and the chair of the NAHAM Policy Development/Government Relations Committee, and Brenda Sauer, RN, MA CHAM, director, New York Presbyterian Hospital and NAHAM’s current vice president.