Joint Commission proposes new palliative care standards

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The Joint Commission wants feedback from palliative care providers on newly proposed standards. The standards, proposed this week, would be part of a new Healthcare Services Certification Program that aims to provide standards and improvement solutions to health care organizations. 

The main focus of the Healthcare Services Certification Program is to "emphasize the importance of patient-centered care" and to "integrate the involvement of patients, families and healthcare staff in treating individual needs and improving care," according to Chuck Mowll, Joint Commission executive vice president for business development, government and external relations. 

The deadline for feedback from palliative care providers is April 8. The full Healthcare Services Certification Program is expected to launch some time in August. The program will be available for geri-psychiatric care, sub-acute care wound care and physical rehabilitation programs.