The Joint Commission Accreditation in Ambulatory Health Care
An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission accredits and certifies nearly 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States, including almost 300 Federally Qualified Health Centers. The Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Joint Commission accreditation and certification is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to meeting established patient safety standards, including compliance with National Patient Safety Goals. Our compliance with the National Patient Safety Goals was most recently validated by the Joint Commission in 2016.
To earn and maintain The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval®, an organization undergoes an on-site survey by a Joint Commission survey team at least every three years. Lone Star Circle of Care first received Joint Commission accreditation in 2010 and has maintained accreditation since then. Compliance with Joint Commission standards is indicated by a quality checkmark on the Joint Commission’s quality report website. This quality checkmark helps patients and families evaluate health care organizations and providers. Learn more here.
The Joint Commission Accreditation in Behavioral Health Care
Based on the volume of encounters for behavioral health services, Lone Star Circle of Care became eligible for separate Joint Commission Accreditation in Behavioral Health Care in early 2016. Our first behavioral health survey was successful and Lone Star Circle of Care achieved this accreditation in 2016.
Meaningful Use is a Federal program through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services that uses certified electronic health record (EHR) technology to improve quality, safety, efficiency, and reduce health disparities. The program engages patients and their families, improves care coordination, and population health, and maintains the privacy and security of patient health information.
Meaningful Use sets specific objectives that professionals must achieve in order to qualify for incentive bonuses designed to support the costs of maintaining the EHR technology. Lone Star Circle of Care has successfully participated in Meaningful Use each year since its launch in 2011.