The Good Housekeeping Seal. ISO 9001. Energy Star. All of these are examples of certifications given to products or organizations that have met a high set of standards and give a consumer a sense of confidence in the product or organization they are using. For the health care industry, the Joint Commission‘s Gold Seal of Approval is a highly desired and respected accreditation and the MPP Infusion Centers in the Dallas area recently earned it.
The MPP Infusion Centers earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Ambulatory Health Care Accreditation (JCAHO) on March 12, 2015. According to the Regional Director Infusion Operations Ken Idicula, the process took approximately three months to complete from application to a rendered decision of Accreditation.”
“They evaluated us based on environment of care, infection control, medication management, leadership, human resources and other categories. They also have a patient ‘tracer’ process where they follow a patient from when they come in through the door to when they leave, and pay attention to interactions and processes,” said Idicula.
The in-person survey takes three days and involved evaluating the infusion center staff, patients and procedures. Another part of the accreditation process includes audits of several patients’ charts, investigating policies and procedures, credentialing, and other aspects of the facility affecting patient outcomes. The Joint Commission receives all the gathered data and makes their final decision with how in line the organization is with their National Patient Safety Goals.
“Even though infusion clinics are fairly new to the industry, we want to set the bar very high for this type of facility. As one of the few infusion clinics in the world with the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Ambulatory Health Care Accreditation, this gives physicians and patients a high-level of confidence in us,” said Idicula.
As a result of the survey, MPP Infusion has earned a system-wide accreditation, which includes all six infusion centers in the Dallas Fort Worth Area and The Infusion Center of Denver.
Established in 1975, The Joint Commission’s Ambulatory Health Care Accreditation program encourages high quality patient care in all types of freestanding ambulatory care facilities. An estimated 2,100 organizations currently maintain Ambulatory Health Care Accreditation, awarded for a three-year period. The Joint Commission accredits and certifies more than 20,500 health care organizations and programs in the United States, including hospitals and health care organizations that provide ambulatory and office-based surgery, behavioral health, home care, laboratory and nursing home services. An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care.