Two of the most powerful healthcare organisations in America are set to collaborate with the aim of improving inpatient diabetes programs to meet national quality standards and prompt a universal rise in the quality of diabetes care .
Using clinical practice guidelines set out by the ADA (American Diabetes Association); the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organisations has developed something called an Advanced Inpatient Diabetes Care Certification Program. This will provide the first nationwide certification program for inpatient diabetes care.
The executive director of the Disease-specific Care Certificatio, Jean Range, reported: “The collaboration between the ADA and Joint Commission will help standardize the care provided for all diabetic patients in all inpatient departments in a hospital . Through systematic monitoring of all diabetic patients, outcomes can be improved. This will lead to a better quality of life for diabetic patients and position certified organizations for success in pay-for-performance programs. The ADA is very pleased to partner with the Joint Commission on this project. To meet the portion of our mission ‘to improve the lives of all those affected by diabetes,’ we need to maximize care in the inpatient as well as the outpatient setting. This project will bring attention to this important area as well as reward those hospitals that are delivering quality care.”