F U, Joint Commission

When I used to be employed by two hospitals in Maine there used to be some stupid policy about not having Christmas cards taped to your door.  I was told that it broke one of the Joint Commission rules due to it being a fire hazard.  A fire hazard!?!  Yup.  I guess they felt these cards could spontaneously combust.  It was then that I knew the Joint Commission was a sham.   No one questions their mandates.  They don’t have to prove anything.  And the idiot administrators eat their crap like up Scooby snacks. Why? Because they just want little gold stars.  For years I could not tape up my Christmas cards given to me by patients.  So, now that I am self-employed, happy, independent, and in-charge I can do what I want and I want is to tape them on my door. F%ck you, Joint Commission (and the idiot administrators your rode in on)!

Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected] 

  5 comments for “F U, Joint Commission

  1. RSW
    December 27, 2016 at 12:09 pm

    A classic protection/shake-down racket – “It would be a shame if anything happened to that nice little hospital of yours . . . “

  2. HJR
    December 24, 2016 at 6:37 pm

    Yeah I remember a time or two ago the big concern was nobody could have a bottle of water or snacks at the nursing station, and I remember thinking, “These people are responsible for the safe operation of a hospital and THIS is what they’re fxxcking worried about?!”

    This last time they made us put up plexiglass barriers around every sink for some ridiculous reason.

  3. hawgguy
    December 24, 2016 at 5:41 pm

    The knuckleheads told me the Christmas cards were “an infection control issue”. Which infection? Strep, Chlamydia or C. Dif.?

  4. George Voigtlander
    December 24, 2016 at 11:57 am

    Twenty five years ago our hospital administrator told joint commission AMF. He used evidence based research by our accountants to decide this PR sham was cattle excrement. Best example of evidence based research. Money talks, bullshit walks!

  5. Pat
    December 24, 2016 at 7:50 am

    Lololol… yeah, we’ve all seen how those Christmas cards can spontaneously burst into flames.

    My favorite was how those morons decided that my eating or drinking at my work station in the ER was a health hazard, while impatient patients could bellow for meal trays 5 minutes after triage. So I ordered the nurses henceforth, no meal trays for any patients in the ER. Gotta be safe!

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