News Briefs: JCAHO launches disease specific care certification

Come February, hospitals, health systems, and other health care organizations can become certified for disease-specific care by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) in the development of its new Disease-Specific Care Certification Program.

The program will certify providers of comprehensive services for patients with chronic illnesses based on an assessment of compliance with consensus national standards, the demonstrated effective use of established clinical guidelines to manage and optimize care, and the measurement and improvement of health outcomes. More information is available at the JCAHO web site, www.jcaho.org.