what is JCAHO

  1. l am not sure of the role this plays - l gather it is a monitoring system

    Could l have an explantation of their role,

    if it is a monitoring system
    who do they monitor and

    how good are their teeth? (are the a toothless tiger)

    Thank you
    Tookie
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  3. by   l.rae
    a ROYAL pain in the a$$...responsible for adding miles of paperwork to the healthcare system at large...therefore diminishing bedside time with the pt....they are pple who live in a ''Fantasy Island Hospital" mentality where there are no shortcuts, no nursing shortage and no budget crunches....no they don't have teeth....they have blood sucking fangs!!!..l hate them....l hope someone else can give you a more objective answer..l'm starting to sweat.................LR
  4. by   live4today
    originally posted by sandra m. took
    l am not sure of the role this plays - l gather it is a monitoring system

    could l have an explantation of their role,

    if it is a monitoring system
    who do they monitor and

    how good are their teeth? (are the a toothless tiger)

    thank you
    tookie
    okay....before i go beyond your post to read what others have posted........the first answer that entered my brain to respond with was "jcaho is a major pain in the seat of every nurses pants!"

    now i will read the other comments before making any more...if need be. :kiss
  5. by   live4today
    Originally posted by l.rae
    a ROYAL pain in the a$$...responsible for adding miles of paperwork to the healthcare system at large...therefore diminishing bedside time with the pt....they are pple who live in a ''Fantasy Island Hospital" mentality where there are no shortcuts, no nursing shortage and no budget crunches....no they don't have teeth....they have blood sucking fangs!!!..l hate them....l hope someone else can give you a more objective answer..l'm starting to sweat.................LR
    Guess we think alike, eh l.rae?
  6. by   Nanette
    JCAHO is a regulatory agency established, I believe, in the 1950s, probably earlier.
    It was started by surgeons who demanded better standards of care than what the hospitals were providing. The also wanted consitent standards across hospitals.

    Not a bad thing at all.

    However,, it has grown so large it encompasses everything we do here in America. It reaches through all aspects of hospitals, and anything a hospital expands into, home health, prompt care, clinics etc.

    It is good to do the right thing for healthcare, I have no arguement about what they say we should do. It is the mounds of documentation you have to do to prove you meet the regulations.

    They have a fairly big bite... if you fail [hardly ever happens] you lose your ability to bill medicare and lose revenue.

    Other hospitals hold up their numbers as a marketing tool, so if you don't do well, you could lose patients, and revenue.

    Patients can now look up hospitals to see how they scored, again a chance to lose patients if you don't do well.

    On top of that we pay thousands and thousands of dollars for the 'honor' of getting surveyed, not including the fortune we spend to prepare for the survey.
    In theory, we should live according to the reccommendations every day, and we all try. but in reality, there's always a mad scramble the months before a survey double and triple checking things, coaching staff and making changes.

    Some hospitals are getting away from JCAHO and using other surveying bodies, but it's not a popular trend yet.

    Sorry if this is too wordy, hope you fine folks 'down under' don't have these kinds of headaches!
    nan
  7. by   NRSKarenRN
    Answers here:

    Frequently Asked Questions about the
    Joint Commission on Accreditaion of Healthcare Organizations
    http://www.jcaho.org/news+room/faqs/index.htm
  8. by   prmenrs
    I agree w/other posters--when it's JACHO time, get ready to suffer. Watch administration spend incredible amounts of time, $$$$ and energy preparing for it, because NOBODY, REPEAT NOBODY would ever be able to function like that on a regular basis. Even to the point of planting flowers the weekend before out by the curb!!! Then watch admin whine about a budget shortfall a few months later, leaving everyone short shifted. duh. Wonder why??? Cuz they spent it on JACHO!!!

    Ridiculous regulations and "competencies" to be done. Documentation. They don't care, I believe, if the care was actually given, just that it was documented.

    JACHO=AGONY. ABSURDITY. CHINESE FIRE DRILL. DUPLICITY AND BUREAUOCRACY AT ITS FINEST.

    If I think of anything more vole to say, I'll be back.
  9. by   RNConnieF
    JACHO means I won't get home until every paper clip is in a locked container, every bedside camode is clean enough to produce a negative culture, every telemetry monitor cord is curled EXACTLY right for storage, and every bed has the EXATC matching amount of sheet hang over on both sides. While I am trying to make sure all this is happening my floor super will have her head poking out of the neck hole of MY shirt for at least 4 weeks prior to the visit.
  10. by   l.rae
    I used to work for a facility that actually rented some huge semi trucks and loaded them with malfunctioning equip, outdated reference materials....you get my drift...and paid someone to drive them around somewhere till after JAHCO left....then back it all came..........can you belive that?........Renee...yes girl we are on the same page here as usual...........LR
  11. by   Tookie
    Ok - thank you for the site Karen and the other explanation - yes we do have similar organisations that are constantly auditing us either for standards or to see if we claim too much funding - l will read the site later
    it seems that the very word JCAHO - sets of a lot of anger - sorry
  12. by   shygirl
    I just read your profile. I had written "You're an RN and do not know who they are?" Sorry I just realized you aint from round these parts!
    Last edit by shygirl on Jul 22, '02
  13. by   Tookie
    Thats OK Shygirl -
    - Yes l am a distance away from you - except when connections occur through the net.
    We have similar types of bodies but down under we dont call them quite the same things (Except maybe under our breath)

    Thank you for the answers

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