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JCAHO establishes standards advisory board

The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations has created a Hospital Standards Advisory Group to provide feedback to the Joint Commission on the hospital field’s experience with revised standards, rationales, elements of performance, and scoring methodologies.

According to a report in its on-line newsletter, the group also will provide advice on issues that have been identified through feedback as unclear, not relevant to quality and safety, or not essential to the operation of the organization.

The 16-member group includes representatives from hospitals and health systems, VHA, the Phoenix Area Indian Health Service, Premier, and the American Medical Association.

The Hospital Standards Advisory Group planned to convene its first meeting in August and complete its work by 2006.