The Joint Commission is an independent, nonprofit organization that accredits and certifies nearly 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. The Joint Commission’s accreditation and certification are recognized nationwide and internationally as indicative of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to meeting the highest performance standards. TJC’s vision is that all people always experience the safest, highest-quality, best-value health care across all settings.

In 2011 The Joint Commission launched an Advanced Certification for Palliative Care for hospital programs. In 2016, TJC created a separate certification for community-based palliative care programs operated by either hospice or home health agencies. Both certifications recognize palliative care programs that demonstrate quality excellence. CAPC and TJC collaborate to support palliative care programs in all care settings to design and deliver highest-quality services and to achieve third-party recognition through TJC certification.

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