Further proof that the Joint Commission is useless at enforcing safety at hospitals
A USA Today analysis of the data showed that more than two-thirds of the hospitals with the highest death rates won accreditation from one of a handful of groups that strive to improve hospital quality. The biggest, the Joint Commission, accredits 79% of Medicare-participating hospitals. The Joint Commission accredits hospitals with the highest death rates. Thus, the question must be asked, what is the purpose of the Joint Commission if the worst hospitals are accredited despite abysmal safety standards?
Federal agencies, such as the Joint Commission, do very little, if anything, to ensure patient safety at American hospitals. The Joint Commission is little more than a federal agency that is understaffed and has no effective way to monitor patient safety issues at hospitals.