The Joint Commission Issues Standards for Palliative Care Certification

The Joint Commission has released standards for its palliative care certification program, available to hospital inpatient programs beginning September 1. Participants must have a formal palliative care program that follows evidence-based practices or guidelines and uses data for performance improvement.

The standards are based on the National Consensus Project’s clinical practice guidelines for palliative care and the National Quality Forum’s framework for palliative and hospice care quality. All three of these documents may be downloaded. For more information, call (630) 792-5291 or email

06-20-2011 06:55 (EDT)