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AVNA & HOSPICE RECEIVE JOINT COMMISSION ACCREDITATION

January 17, 2012

The Alliance Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ for accreditation by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in home care. The accreditation award recognizes AVNA & Hospice’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state of the art standards.

AVNA & Hospice underwent a rigorous unannounced on-site survey. A team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated AVNA & Hospice for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management. Joint Commission analysis of OASIS measures shows that Joint Commission-accredited home health organizations have fewer readmits to the hospital after an episode of care as compared with other non-accredited or competitively-accredited firms.

Established in 1988, The Joint Commission’s Home Care Accreditation Program accredits more than 5,600 organizations. The Joint Commission’s standards address the home care organization’s performance in specific areas, and specify requirements to ensure that patient care and services are provided in a safe manner. The Joint Commission develops its standards in consultation with health care experts, providers and researchers, as well as measurement experts, purchasers and consumers.

“We are very proud of our staff for accomplishing the goal of gold seal approval from Joint commission, for it shows the dedication and high level of care by our staff here at Alliance Visiting Nurse association & Hospice,” said Nancy Beck, Alliance Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice Director.

Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 18,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. The Joint Commission also provides certification of more than 1,700 disease-specific care programs, primary stroke centers, and health care staffing services. An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more about The Joint Commission at www.jointcommission.org.

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