The Joint Commission announced it has been selected to provide Laboratory Accreditation Program services for the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), effective September 15, 2020. Services include education on the accreditation process, on-site and post-survey reviews, ongoing monitoring activities, and data and measurement activities. The Joint Commission will provide Laboratory Accreditation Program services for the Veterans Health Administration’s moderate and high-complexity clinical laboratories at VA Medical Centers and community-based outpatient clinics. Laboratories are accredited every 2 years by The Joint Commission. The Joint Commission has evaluated and accredited hospital-based laboratory services since 1979 and freestanding laboratories since 1995. Laboratory accreditation from The Joint Commission provides organizations with the same patient-centric survey process utilizing unique tracer methodology as Joint Commission accredited hospitals. “As the only accrediting body that accredits and certifies across the continuum of care, we are very pleased to collaborate with the VA on accreditation and quality improvement opportunities at its laboratories,” says Mark R. Chassin, MD, FACP, MPP, MPH, president and chief executive officer, The Joint Commission. “It is critical that VA laboratories provide safe and high-quality care as they play their vital role in the health care of so many veterans and their families across the country.” “The Joint Commission is delighted to partner with the VA to provide laboratory accreditation services. We welcome the opportunity to work with the VA on providing framework and standardization for the coordination of care of our veterans,” adds Heather Hurley, executive director, Laboratory Accreditation Program, The Joint Commission. For more information, visit the The Joint Commission.
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