The process to gain accreditation from the Joint Commission depends on the type of health care organization, according to the Joint Commission's website. For example, hospitals must be within the United States; operated by the U.S. government or operated under a charter from U.S. Congress; have a facility license to conduct services; provide evidence they continually improve care; and receive an evaluation by Joint Commission standards.
Health care organizations that can receive accreditation from the Joint Commission include hospitals, opioid treatment programs, critical access hospitals, laboratories and ambulatory care programs. They also include home care providers, office-based surgery programs, nursing care centers and behavioral health care centers, explains the Joint Commission. Each accreditation program has different requirements. As of 2015, the Joint Commission offers a step-by-step guide on its website for each program to gain accreditation. Each of these organizations can also have certain departments or subprograms accredited by the Joint Commission.
Some requirements that appear for multiple organizations include using Joint Commission accreditation for deemed purposes and all services, including tests, treatments and interventions, be ordered by a licensed physician and meet state and federal laws, states the Joint Commission. For hospitals, the Joint Commission conducts an initial survey to review the deemed status purposes conducted at the facility.