Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO)
The present structure of the JCAHO dates back to 1951. Accreditation programs are offered for ambulatory care organizations, assisted living facilities, behavioral health care facilities, critical access hospitals, clinical laboratories, health care networks, home care organizations, hospitals, long-term care facilities, and office-based surgery practices. A certification program is available for certain chronic diseases. 'Deeming' authority has been granted to the JCAHO for its ambulatory surgical center, home health, hospice, hospital, laboratory and managed care organizations (Medicare + choice) accreditation programs by CMS. JCAHO has accredited more than 17,000 organizations in the United States with approximately 5000 of those organizations being hospital.