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Joint Commission Launches Palliative Care Certification Program

Free Informational Audio Conference July 20

The Joint Commission recently launched the Advanced Certification Program for Palliative Care. Designed to recognize hospital inpatient programs that demonstrate exceptional patient and family-centered care in order to optimize the quality of life for patients with serious illness, the certification will be available September 1, 2011. Programs may begin the application process immediately by visiting the Joint Commission website.

Certification requires adherence to the Joint Commission’s standards for palliative care certification, which are built on the National Consensus Project’s Clinical Practice Guidelines for Quality Palliative Care and the National Quality Forum’s National Framework and Preferred Practices for Palliative and Hospice Care Quality.  The Joint Commission standards stipulate that the palliative care interdisciplinary team include a social worker.

The Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) has developed a guide to help palliative care programs prepare for certification. On July 20, CAPC is offering a one-hour audio conference to introduce health care professionals and programs to the new certification. Although the teleconference is free of charge, registration is required.

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