The Joint Commission announces new palliative care certification

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On May 2, 2016, The Joint Commission announced a new Community-Based Palliative Care (CBPC) Certification that will recognize home health and hospice organizations that provide top caliber, community-based palliative care to patients and families in their home (primary place of residence). Surveys will begin on July 1, 2016. Certification is awarded for a three-year period.

Currently accredited providers can add the certification option at their upcoming resurvey or intracycle. Providers not yet accredited can pursue certification at the time of their initial accreditation survey. 

To be eligible, home health or hospice providers need to have:

  • Delivered CBPC services to patient’s in the home (defined as their primary place of residence)
  • Served 5 palliative care patients in their home anytime within the previous twelve months
  • Have 3 patients actively receiving palliative care services at the time of their on-site survey
  • Provide CBPC services 24/7, with on-call services as needed.
  • Use clinical practice guidelines to deliver care

Examples of organizations ineligible for CBPC certification:

  • An organization licensed as a Skilled Nursing Facility or Assisted Living Facility which provides Community Based Palliative Care services.
  • A Community Based Palliative Care Clinic whereas the Clinic is the primary location of service

View the Pre-publication standards available on The Joint Commission website to learn more.

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