Total Joint Care
Joint Destination Center of Excellence (JDCE)
Houston Medical Center has earned The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval for its Joint Replacement - Knee & Hip programs by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission's national standards for healthcare quality and safety in disease-specific care. The certification award recognizes Houston Medical Center's dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission's state-of-the-art standards.
The Joint Commission's Disease-Specific Care Certification Program, launched in 2002, is designed to evaluate clinical programs across the continuum of care.
2011 Joint Commission Certificates of Distinction
-Houston Medical Center- (PDF)
"Achieving Joint Commission certification in the
Joint Replacement- Hip & Knee program, for our organization,
is a major step toward maintaining excellence and continually
improving the care we provide to our patients at Houston Healthcare."
~Cary Martin, CEO, Houston Healthcare
Certification requirements for joint replacement programs address three areas:
Compliance with consensus-based national standards.
Effective and consistent use of appropriate, evidence-based clinical practice guidelines for the hip, knee or shoulder replacement patient population.
Collection and analysis of a minimum of four performance measures specific to the hip, knee or shoulder replacement patient population (a minimum of two performance measures must be clinical in nature.)
Joint replacement programs that successfully demonstrate compliance in all three areas are awarded certification for a two-year period. At the end of the first year, the organization is required to attest to its continued compliance with standards and provide evidence of performance improvement activities. To maintain certification, the cycle repeats with an on-site review conducted every two years and a bi-annual submission of an acceptable assessment of compliance by the organization.
Benefits of Certification
Joint replacement programs seek certification because it:
Demonstrates commitment to a higher standard of service
Provides a framework for organizational structure and management
Provides a competitive edge in the marketplace
Enhances staff recruitment and development
Is recognized by insurers and other third parties.
For more information about The Joint Commission's
Disease-Specific Care Certification Program, CLICK HERE.