August 2021 | Issue 5
IHS Hospital Achieves PCMH Certification
Congratulations to one of our partner Indian Health Service (IHS)-managed hospitals for obtaining Joint Commission Certification for Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH). The hospital's PCMH team concentrated on The Joint Commission elements of performance (EPs) and used the PCMH assessment tool from PATH to identify areas for concentration and action planning. The hospital team visited an IHS-managed hospital in Arizona to learn some of their practices, which helped them in achieving their certification. 
One key item adopted was beginning a surveyor visit with a presentation about the hospital and its transformative changes. The PATH team worked with the hospital PCMH team in preparation of the presentation. A complicating factor in this transformation was the hospital began its project to become PCMH-certified prior to the COVID-19 pandemic and was then delayed until operations began again near April 2021.   
The Area Office worked with PATH to standardize processes and policies for accreditation across all its service units. This standardization makes it easier for all staff to review, improve processes, perform mock surveys and audit each other to maintain readiness for accreditation.

Looking for support in achieving PCMH certification or TJC accreditation? Contact us:
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  • Delves into the many elements of what a Culture of Safety is and the various strategies and tools that can be used to promote one, from team development and leadership skills to data analysis and community support
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This material was prepared by Comagine Health for the American Indian Alaska Native Healthcare Quality Initiative under contract with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Views expressed in this material do not necessarily reflect the official views or policy of CMS or HHS, and any reference to a specific product or entity herein does not constitute endorsement of that product or entity by CMS or HHS. NQIIC-AIHQI-117-08/12/2021