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The Source

The Source

Looking for a hard-copy print subscription or to renew your current subscription? The Source is going ALL DIGITAL! No more print issues starting in 2018. Check out either our single user online license OR our online institutional site license subscription options. Not sure which subscription is right for you? See below in product details.

Single user access is granted via an individual user name and password.

Share important and timely information with your ENTIRE organization with an online site license subscription to The Source, your inside source on Joint Commission compliance strategies. Everyone in your facility will have current and past issues right at their fingertips.

An institutional site license offers access via IP range.

$349.00 - $2,599.00
Product Description

Product Description

The Source is going ALL DIGITAL!
There will be no more print issues starting in 2018. This means that you will get your trusted, authoritative content from Joint Commission Resources in an even more timely and convenient way. No more waiting for your paper issue to reach you via snail mail.  Get digital access 24/7 at your fingertips.  New issues are pushed out to subscribers via email, plus you have quick and easy access to digital archives going back 5 years.  Digital subscription options are available for single users, institutions, and health care systems.
Check out either our single user online license or our online institutional site license subscription options. Not sure which subscription is right for you?  See below.

The ONE Source You Need!
You’ve told us that you need Joint Commission accreditation requirements, performance measurement, and patient safety information all in one place. The Source includes the essential content from JCR’s other newsletters, Benchmark and Perspectives on Patient Safety—creating the most comprehensive, authoritative, monthly resource on accreditation, performance measurement, and patient safety.

The Source is the essential resource for health care executives, managers, and frontline staff regarding Joint Commission accreditation. Its comprehensive blend of news, strategies, and tools—straight from The Joint Commission—makes The Source a monthly must-read that you’ll want to keep close at hand throughout the year.

Subscribe today and get:

  • THE one resource for health care professionals regarding Joint Commission accreditation and certification—providing content on standards compliance, patient safety, and performance measurement
  • CMS column—news, strategies, and practical tools needed to maintain Joint Commission and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) compliance
  • Authoritative advice from Joint Commission surveyors and JCR consultants
  • Tracer Methodology 101—scenarios, sample questions, and tips
  • Spotlight on Success—Case studies in preventing medical errors, meeting standards, and fulfilling core measure requirements
  • Strategies for complying with the National Patient Safety Goals and performance measurement requirements
  • Focus on Certification—information on disease-specific care and palliative care certification
  • News and strategies for accreditation professionals studying for their JCR certification exam
  • Online, easily searchable archive of ALL full-text articles from prior issues of The Source
Not sure which subscription is right for you?
Single user online license:  Need access to a JCR newsletter just for yourself?  This is the option for you. A single user online license to a JCR newsletter entitles one individual to digital access (via an individual user name and password) to new issues for the period of the subscription (1, 2, or 3 years) AND digital access to archived issues going back 5 years. This option also allows you to print any new or archived issues for your own use.
Institutional site license: Does your team need access to a JCR newsletter? Or maybe everyone in your institution could benefit from such access? Then this is the option for you. An online institutional site license to a JCR newsletter entitles unlimited users in a single organization to digital access (via IP range) to new issues for the period of the subscription (1, 2, or 3 years) AND digital access to archived issues going back 5 years. This option also allows anyone in the institution to print any new or archived issues for internal use.
Online system license: Do you need even more access? Does your health care system (composed of several or many institutions) need access to JCR newsletters? Then you want an online system license. Contact JCR Customer Service at or 877-223-6866 for custom pricing.

Watch the video and learn from our leaders about which periodical fits your needs.

Current Issue

Current Issue

To view a brief description of articles in the current issue of The Source, click here.



Senior Editor: Jim Parker
Manager, Accreditation and Certification Editorial Unit: Helen Fry
Senior Project Manager: Allison Zajicek
Executive Director of Publications: Catherine Chopp Hinckley, Ph.D.

Editorial Policy
Reference to a name, organization, product, or service in The Source 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 Source is published twelve times 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

© 2014 by 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.

Editorial Advisory Board

Editorial Advisory Board

2013 Editorial Advisory Board

Steve Anderson, RN, MBA
Senior Director, Clinical Improvement and Patient Safety
VHA Pacific Northwest

Dale W. Bratzler, DO, MPH
Professor and Associate Dean
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, College of Public Health

Diane Storer Brown, PhD, RN, CPHQ, FNAHQ, FAAN
Strategic Leader, Hospital Accreditation Programs
Kaiser Permanente, Northern California

Hedy Cohen, RN, MS
Vice President
Institute for Safe Medication Practices

Mary G. George, MD, MSPH, FACS, FAHA
Medical Officer, Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention, NCCDPHP
US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Betty Gwaltney, RN, MBA, CPHQ
System Manager, Survey Support
Providence Health & Services

Robert S. Lagasse, MD
Professor of Anesthesiology and Director, Quality Management & Perioperative Safety
Yale University School of Medicine

Ana Pujols McKee, MD
Executive Vice President and
Chief Medical Officer
The Joint Commission &
Joint Commission Resources

David S. Nilasena MD, MSPH, MS
Chief Medical Officer, Region VI
US Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Chief Nursing Officer
US?Department of Veterans Affairs



Who within my organization should subscribe to The Source?
The Source is a practical newsletter for performance measurement/improvement professionals in all accredited health care organizations. It targets staff responsible for accreditation preparation and performance measurement, nurse leaders, and physician leaders.

What topics does The Source cover?
Please click on the "About" tab for more information.

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

Can I submit articles?
Yes. The Author Guidelines are as follows:

  1. Contact the The Source editor (630/792-5459630/792-5459 or ahead of time about your article and to get specific directions, if needed.
  2. Please submit articles that describe your own organization’s noteworthy performance measurement activities. Your experiences can be a significant resource to other The Source readers. A panel of Joint Commission experts on standards and accreditation issues will review each article that is considered suitable for publication. Notification of the editorial decision usually will be provided within one month. Authors should be available to answer the editor’s questions and approve edited copy.
  3. Write your article in an informal, first-person style directly addressing our readers (I-we/you- your). Briefly describe your organization (location, number of beds, types of patients, etc.), note any specific Joint Commission requirements this project or experience addresses, and let us know about any graphics (figures, tables) you could provide. Tips and "lessons learned" summaries make effective, helpful conclusions. Articles should be between 650 and 1,200 words, including any accompanying tables or charts. Please submit your article in a file format compatible with Microsoft Word to or on CD (please fax any graphics that cannot be transmitted to us electronically and provide camera-ready copy, if available).

Send all articles to
Jim Parker, Senior Editor
Department of Publications
Joint Commission Resources
One Renaissance Boulevard
Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181

Can my organization be featured as a case study in The Source?
Yes; if your organization has done an exemplary job in promoting safety and preventing errors, and you’d like to share your story with other organizations, please contact The Source at

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.

For general periodical FAQs, please click here.



For questions regarding the content of The Source, please contact:

Jim Parker, Senior Editor
Joint Commission Resources
One Renaissance Boulevard
Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois 60181
630/792-4459 (fax)

About Standards Interpretation
If you have questions regarding interpretation or clarification of The Joint Commission standards, please contact The Joint Commission's Standards Interpretation Group (SIG) through the Online Question Form or by calling 630/792-5900.

About Sharing Your Ideas
Do you have

  • An idea for an article?
  • A contact for a case study?
  • An example of an organization "doing the right things right" (maybe even your organization!)?
  • A question that needs answering?
  • A myth or misconception that needs clarification?
  • A hot topic that you want addressed?
  • A crucial issue that needs attention?
  • An experience you or your organization would like to share with readers of The Source?

If so, please send your ideas to us at

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