Psychiatric Accreditation

What is the common theme from the following?

  • Patients at one psychiatric hospitals say they were raped or assaulted
  • Patients at another psychiatric hospital died by suicide
  • Patients slept on chairs due to crowding at another psychiatric hospital

Answer? The Joint Commission accredited all these hospitals.

The Journal found 141 psychiatric hospitals, out of roughly 490 across the country, that were accredited by the Joint Commission and cited by state officials from fiscal 2014 and 2015 for serious violations.

For most of the 141, those violations weren’t the first; they had an average of eight serious violations in the years going back to 2011, according to state inspection records and Hospitalinspections.org. Some had dozens of previous violations.

In fact, The Joint Commission, revoked or denied full accreditation to fewer than 1% of psychiatric hospitals it checks on. Even worse is that The Joint Commission is currently the only accrediting organization with a federally approved psychiatric-hospital accreditation program for Medicare.

It’s time for a change. The WSJ is going after them hard and it’s awesome!

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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] 

  2 comments for “Psychiatric Accreditation

  1. William J. Carbone
    January 9, 2019 at 11:54 am

    The Joint Commission takes care of its own. It has an extended record of this behavior but because it has, and, still is incestuous with leaders from major healthcare organizations, it has been given a “blind eye” by those who are connected. Take a look at the JC’s leadership and then examine the leadership of the AMA, ABMS, AHA to just reference a few. There is a significant and historical amount of cross pollenization.

  2. Jennifer Hollywood
    January 7, 2019 at 1:48 pm

    The JCAHO is pointless and useless. They remind me of the mafia guys who go around and collect money from businesses under the guise of forced “protection.”

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