MJHS Home Care’s heart failure disease management program earns recertification

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MJHS Home Care today announced that its disease management program for patients with heart failure has earned recertification by The Joint Commission — the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. This distinction was received after a rigorous on-site assessment of compliance with disease-specific care standards, processes to evaluate and improve care, as well as patient outcomes. MJHS is the only U.S. home health agency that has earned certification — and recertification — for a program that focuses on patients who need help managing their heart failure disease.

“The Joint Commission commends MJHS Home Care for continuing to demonstrate remarkable leadership in heart failure care and remaining dedicated to providing quality care to a very vulnerable patient population with unique needs,” said Wendi J. Roberts, RN, executive director, Certification Programs, The Joint Commission.

“Pursuing recertification from The Joint Commission for our heart failure disease management efforts reinforces that we place a premium on evidence-based practice,” said Lenard L. Parisi, RN, MA, CPHQ, FNAHQ, vice president of quality management at MJHS. “As one of the largest home care agencies in Greater New York, MJHS Home Care is making a strong statement that patient care, communication and safety continue to be top priorities.”

Heart disease progresses to heart failure. More than an estimated 5 million Americans suffer from heart failure, a condition in which the heart can’t pump enough blood to the body’s other organs, according to the American Heart Association (AHA). Although the heart keeps working, it is not as effective as it should be. In addition, it is a leading cause of hospital admissions among those who are older than 65 years of age. Many patients can lead a full life through a combination of medication and lifestyle changes.

About The Joint Commission

Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks 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. The Joint Commission accredits and certifies nearly 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. An independent, nonprofit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more about The Joint Commission at www.jointcommission.org.