The Joint Commission is the nation's premier accrediting body. The Joint Commission has been accrediting laboratory services since 1979 and free-standing laboratories since 1995. Today, the Joint Commission accredits more than 2,600 organizations with laboratory services, equating to 4,300 CLIA certificates.
Laboratories eligible for accreditation include laboratories in hospitals, clinics, physician offices, assisted reproductive technology labs, point of care test sites, reference laboratories, and public health laboratories. The Joint Commission accreditation supports and enhances quality improvement efforts, offers an educational experience, enhances the organization's image to the public, purchasers and payers, and provides a competitive advantage.
The Joint Commission accreditation survey provides an assessment of a laboratory's compliance with state-of-the-art standards. The survey is performance focused and emphasizes the results a laboratory should achieve, instead of the specific method used.
Accredited laboratories are surveyed every two years. Surveys are conducted by experienced medical technologists that have passed a rigorous certification examination. The exam tests knowledge of the surveyors and increases the consistency of the survey process. Joint Commission surveyors are not volunteers, but professionals who have experienced laboratory services in many types of settings. They can provide an educational, consultative experience for staff and often provide information that saves time and money for laboratory managers. Additionally, The Joint Commission offers the option of enhanced pathology expertise to laboratories that want additional consultation for Histology and Cytology services.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) officially recognize the Joint Commission Laboratory accreditation as meeting the requirements of the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 (CLIA).
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