Free Teleconference: Joint Commission Palliative Care Certification for Hospital Programs

“Ask the Reviewer” session to be held December 1, 2011

Interested in learning about the new Advanced Certification Program for Palliative Care offered by the Joint Commission? Dial in to the Joint Commission’s free teleconference, featuring a palliative care reviewer and other Joint Commission experts, on December 1, 2011. Don’t miss this opportunity to dialogue with Joint Commission staff about the certification process, expectations, eligibility, and standards. Learn about issues common to applicants and gain tips to help your own organization attain certification. Advance registration is required.

Background

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 new certification became available September 1, 2011. 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—preferably one with specialty training in palliative care.

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