The Joint Commission evaluates the quality and safety of care for more than 15,000 health care organizations. To maintain and earn accreditation, organizations must have an extensive onsite review by a team of Joint Commission health care professionals at least once every three years. The purpose of the review is to evaluate an organization's performance in areas that affect patient care. Accreditation may then be awarded based on how well the organization met Joint Commission standards. The latest Joint Commission Standards for the Hospital, Lab and Home Care surveys can now be found online at: TJC Accreditation Requirements.
The Joint Commission also provides information on common causes and prevention of sentinel events.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) administer the Medicare program and work in partnership with the states to administer Medicaid, the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) and health insurance portability standards (HIPAA). CMS also has standards with which the hospital must comply. The standards can be found in the CMS Conditions of Participation. The Interpretive Guidelines and Regulations provide additional detail.
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services surveys hospitals on the Wisconsin Administrative Code and the CMS Conditions of Participation described above. While there are many Wisconsin codes related to healthcare, the primary hospital codes can be found in Chapter DHS 124.