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Joint Commission Resources, a subsidiary of the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), has released its 2001-2002 Comprehensive Accreditation Manual for Home Care (CAMHC). The manual is divided into two main sections:
1. common standards that apply to all types of home care organizations;
2. specific standards for:
The Joint Commission also has included in the publication various segment-specific standard intent statements as well as a separate section on compliance tips. Cost for the publication is $225. Cost for an electronic version of the CAMHC and a traditional print version is $550. When ordering, please use code CAHC-01XY.
Also released: the Automated 2001-2002 Comprehensive Accreditation Manual for Home Care. This electronic version of the traditional accreditation manual provides information for PCs, LANs, and Intranets and allows users to: search by key words/phrases, link to corresponding information, print selected text and graphics for easy reference, and view HTML files on an intranet. Cost is $395 for a single personal computer license, or $1,195 for a site license. Please reference AO-01CXY when ordering.
Joint Commission Resources also has released a line of segment-specific accreditation manuals for home health, hospice, pharmacy, and home medical equipment organizations. Each book features standards, intent statement, and scoring specific to particular service segments. Cost is $95 each, or $350 for four.
To order, call the Joint Commission customer service center at (630) 792-5800 between 8 am and 5 pm Central Time, Monday through Friday, or go on-line to www.jcrinc.com.
The Joint Commission offers the following useful advice for using its revised Manual for Home Care:
Q. Is there an easy way to determine whether a standard is still applicable to your type of home care organization?
A. In the 2001-2002 Comprehensive Accreditation Manual for Home Care, many standards have been reorganized, and in some cases, consolidated and reduced for specific service segments. Use the Crosswalk located at the back of the manual to determine if a previous standard still exists and whether or not it has been renumbered.
Review the Table of Standards in the manual to determine whether a standard is applicable to your service segment. The first column lists standards that are common across all types of services. The other columns indicate standards that are applicable to specific services.
Read the intent statement for each standard carefully. Although a standard may be applicable to more than one service segment, requirements within the intent of the standard may vary. For example, standard IM.7.2 (The patient record contains sufficient information to identify the patient, document and support the care and services required, and promote continuity of care) is applicable to all service segments. However, the standard intent has considerably fewer requirements for an individual receiving only home medical equipment services than for an individual under hospice care.
For more information, contact John Herringer, Associate Director, Standards Interpretation Group, email@example.com or (630) 792-5980. Or go to the web site: www.JCAHO.org.