SOURCE: The Joint Commission

The Joint Commission

August 29, 2011 11:30 ET

Joint Commission Resources: Making a Difference -- Ambulatory Care Accreditation Conference Set for Oct. 4-5

OAK BROOK, IL--(Marketwire - Aug 29, 2011) - Ambulatory care health care leaders will gather in Chicago October 4-5, 2011, for The Joint Commission's 16th Annual Ambulatory Care Conference. The conference, to be held at the Marriott Chicago Downtown hotel, will focus on discovering strategies to demonstrate quality of care to payers, regulatory agencies, and managed care organizations. The program is sponsored by Joint Commission Resources (JCR), a not-for-profit affiliate of The Joint Commission.

"Making a Difference -- Ambulatory Care Accreditation" will provide hands-on education from Joint Commission experts. They will provide insight to standards, the survey process, ideas for continuous patient safety efforts, and solutions for successfully maintaining compliance. The conference will feature expert presentations from several organizations, including the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), and will focus on electronic health records, telemedicine and infection control for the ambulatory care setting.

A pre-conference seminar on October 3, 2011, will spotlight The Joint Commission's new option for ambulatory care organizations -- designation as a Primary Care Medical Home (PCMH). This session will offer information about the survey process and other related activities associated with achieving the PCMH designation.

Cost of the conference is $649; a discounted price of $619 per person is available for registration and payment 30 days prior to the conference or $595 per registrant is offered for teams of three or more. Cost of the pre-conference is $425 per registrant or $349 for registration and payment 30 days prior to the event. To register for the conference or pre-conference, please call JCR Customer Service at (877) 223-6866 or register online at

Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 19,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States, including more than 10,300 hospitals and home care organizations, and more than 6,500 other health care organizations that provide long term care, behavioral health care, laboratory and ambulatory care services. The Joint Commission also provides certification of more than 2,000 disease-specific care programs, primary stroke centers, and health care staffing services. An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more about The Joint Commission at

Joint Commission Resources (JCR), a not-for-profit affiliate of The Joint Commission, is the official publisher and educator of The Joint Commission. JCR is an expert resource for health care organizations, providing consulting services, educational services and publications to assist in improving quality and safety and to help in meeting the accreditation standards of The Joint Commission. JCR provides consulting services independently from The Joint Commission and in a fully confidential manner. Please visit our Web site at

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