by Brenée Goforth
Communications Associate, John Locke Foundation
Wednesday, Julie Havlak reported in Carolina Journal on the developing story on UNC accreditation denial and probation. According to Havlak:
The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations made its report on UNC Hospitals public Wednesday, Aug. 28, citing a laundry list of 44 performance issues that cost UNC its clean status of accreditation.
The Joint Commission inspected UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill’s facilities in mid-July and placed it on probation after a preliminary denial of its accreditation. The Joint Commission is an independent, nonprofit accreditation organization that wields an almost quasi-governmental authority and certifies 80% of all new hospitals.
Havlak reports on the issues that put UNC hospitals on probation:
Many of the performance issues have to do with building features — from risks with its utility systems to the reliability of its emergency power system. A handful deal with fire safety.
But some relate directly to patient health. The JC demanded better patient assessment — especially of patients’ risk of falling, possible abuse or neglect, and the needs of patients with substance abuse disorders. The JC also required better care before and after “high-risk” procedures.
According to Havlak, the report calls for numerous changes for UNC Hospitals to meet standards:
The report demands UNC Hospitals “reduce the risk for suicide,” tighten the safety of its medication management, better assess patients, better prevent hospital-acquired infections, and address concerns with its facility.
The probation has not lasted long, however. According to Havlak:
The Joint Commission accepted its Plans of Correction on Aug. 22, and UNC leadership believes commission surveyors will return to inspect the facility as soon as this week.