The Joint Commission: Regulatory Mandates

Our Mission:  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.

Vision Statement:  All people always experience the safest, highest quality, best-value health care across all settings.


The Joint Commission has accredited hospitals for more than 60 years and today it accredits approximately 4,023 general, pediatric, long term acute, psychiatric, rehabilitation and specialty hospitals, and 366 critical access hospitals, through a separate accreditation program. Approximately 77 percent of the nation’s hospitals are currently accredited by The Joint Commission, and approximately 88 percent of hospitals that are accredited in the United States are accredited by The Joint Commission.

Annual fees for hospitals are based on the type of hospital and weighted values for volume based on the types of service provided by a hospital. Customers receive the annual fee invoice in January of each year; new customers receive their annual fee after submitting their application for accreditation. The on-site survey fee is billed within seven days of the survey’s completion. Health systems have the option to receive a corporate orientation or corporate summation. These can be conducted by the team leader, by a team member, by video conference or a summation report. The Joint Commission posts its pricing schedule on the Joint Commission Connect extranet.


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