Joint Commission to launch new Community-Based Palliative Care add-on certification

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The need for palliative care outside of the hospital has grown. Home care organizations that provide home health and/or hospice services have begun to develop palliative care programs to meet the needs of chronically ill patients who may or may not qualify for home health services, but who need the physical and psychosocial support that palliative care services can provide.

The CBPC standards were developed as an optional certification program that would be evaluated at the time of an organization’s home care accreditation survey.

“Over the past couple of years, we’ve had a number of our customers, both small and large, ask for a certification program for this service,” said Kathy Clark, MSN, RN, associate project director specialist.

The proposed requirements were developed based on the 2013 Clinical Practice Guidelines for Quality Palliative Care (3rd edition); the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization’s Standards of Practice for Pediatric Palliative Care and Hospice (2010); other current palliative care professional literature; and input from a panel of home care and palliative care experts. The proposed CBPC program standards underwent a six-week field review to obtain feedback from customers and other health care professionals. The Joint Commission also hosted two focus group conference calls with accredited home care organizations currently providing palliative care in order to review the palliative care concepts included in the program requirements.

Free webinars for interested customers will take place from noon to 1 p.m. CST on Feb. 18 and April 28, 2016. Registration is open.

Information about the application process will be available at a later date. The program standards will publish in the July 1 update to the Comprehensive Accreditation Manual for Home Care and in the July 1 E-dition update. They can be viewed on The Joint Commission’s website for prepublication standards.

For more information about the CBPC certification program, contact Kathy Clark at

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