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The Official Newsletter of The Joint Commission!

The Joint Commission Perspectives is your primary source for changes to accreditation and certification standards, requirements, and Joint Commission initiatives, including the new scoring and decision process.

In addition to coverage of standards and the survey/review process changes, exciting regular features provide expert direction and commentary.

Here’s some of what you’ll gain from Perspectives:

  • In Sight allows you to monitor changes to standards, survey processes, and key initiatives before they are approved, so you are always in-the-know about what’s happening at The Joint Commission.
  • The Fact on Fiction identifies inaccurate and misleading information published about Joint Commission initiatives by organizations not affiliated with The Joint Commission and provides the correct information straight from The Joint Commission experts.
  • Sentinel Event Alert reviews each issue of Sentinel Event Alert and provides you with the root causes, risk-reduction strategies, and recommendations to improve care that you need to review for application in your organization.

The Joint Commission Requirements
The Joint Commission Requirements page is your complete online source for standards revisions published in Perspectives since your accreditation manual was last issued or updated. Quickly and easily find all recent standards revisions affecting your organization here in one place.



Executive Editor: Katie Byrne
Senior Project Manager: Allison Zajicek
Manager, Accreditation and Certification Products: Helen M. Fry, M.A.
Executive Director, Publications: Catherine Chopp Hinckley, Ph.D.

Editorial Policy
Reference to a name, organization, product, or service in Joint Commission Perspectives should not be construed as an endorsement by the Joint Commission nor is failure to include a name, organization, product, or service to be construed as disapproval.

Subscription Information
The Joint Commission Perspectives (ISSN 1044-4017) is published monthly (12 issues per year) by Joint Commission Resources, One Renaissance Boulevard, Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181.

For questions about subscribing or renewing your subscription or updating your address information, please contact Customer Service at 877-223-6866 or

Copyright 2014 The Joint Commission

Joint Commission Resources, Inc (JCR), a not-for-profit affiliate of the Joint Commission, has been designated by the Joint Commission to publish publications and multimedia products. JCR reproduces and distributes the materials under license from the Joint Commission.

No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any reasons without written permission.

Included in Subscription

Included in Subscription

Share important and timely information with your ENTIRE organization with an online site license subscription to Joint Commission Perspectives, your official news source on The Joint Commission accreditation process. Everyone in your facility will have current and past issues right at their fingertips.

  • Single user access is granted via an individual user name and password.
  • An institutional site license offers access via IP range.

To access your current online Perspectives subscription, click here.

For assistance with your online access, please contact or

Current and archived issues of Perspectives are available at

For technical support of the online version of Perspectives, please e-mail For all other customer service–related issues, please contact Joint Commission Resources Customer Service at 877-223-6866.

Additional online access information





Who within my organization should subscribe to The Joint Commission Perspectives?
The Joint Commission Perspectives is a practical newsletter for quality improvement and risk management staff, administrators, and clinical managers in all accredited organizations. It targets staff responsible for accreditation-related activities and performance improvement, nurse leaders, and physician leaders, as well as health care consultants.

What topics does The Joint Commission Perspectives cover?
Perspectives is the official news source of The Joint Commission. It provides the what, when, and how of Joint Commission standards and requirements to help organizations stay up-to-date on Joint Commission initiatives and maintain continuous compliance. Regular sections and features update organizations on standards, survey process, policy changes, patient safety, and error reduction, and other new and evolving initiatives and policies requiring the attention and action of accredited organizations. Please read the "About" section above.

How often does The Joint Commission Perspectives publish?
The Joint Commission Perspectives is published 12 times a year by Joint Commission Resources.

Do accredited organizations receive complimentary subscriptions to The Joint Commission Perspectives?
Yes, Perspectives is now available to Joint Commission accredited and certified organizations via their Joint Commission Connect extranet sites. Simply click on the Joint Commission Perspectives link under “Accreditation Tools”. The complimentary subscriptions for these organizations will no longer be accessible on the Ingenta web site as of March 31, 2011. If you cannot access your complimentary copy on your extranet, contact your Account Executive at The Joint Commission.

Can I change who receives our organization’s complimentary subscription of The Joint Commission Perspectives?
Because The Joint Commission Perspectives is the official news source of The Joint Commission, it is The Joint Commission policy that the complimentary subscription must go the organization’s administrator or CEO, and the medical staff director. This cannot be changed. To notify The Joint Commission of changes to your accredited organization's name, address, ownership, or officer's name, please fill out and submit an Organization Update Form located on the Joint Commission Web site at Organization Update Form (for all organizations except Laboratory) and Organization Update Form (for Laboratory only) and submit this to your account representative in Accreditation Operations. This information will then be updated for purposes of the complimentary subscription to The Joint Commission Perspectives.

Is there discount pricing for health care systems with multiple facilities?
For pricing considerations for health systems with multiple sites and multi-year subscriptions, please contact Helen Fry at or 630.792.5414.

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