Medical Staff Essentials: Your Go-To Guide

ISBN: 9781599409986
ISBN-10: 1599409984
Copyright: 2017
Edition: 1st
Author: The Joint Commission,
Doody's Expert Review    Score: 89
Reviewer: Debra DellaRatta,  MSN, CPHQ  (James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital)
This guide to complying with The Joint Commission's medical staff standards provides a detailed description of the medical staff's roles and responsibilities.
The purpose is to provide a clear, concise reference for assessing organizational compliance with the Joint Commission's medical staff standards. The book meets this purpose with examples from other organizations that illustrate their efforts in creating bylaws, credentialing and privileging processes, and tools that assess competence and performance.
The book exceeds the needs of the intended audience -- staff involved in medical staff standards compliance: governing bodies, organized medical staff, medical staff, accreditation/survey teams, risk management/legal counsel, performance improvement teams, and medical executive and credentialing committees. The content development manager is a subject matter expert and the reviewers are employed by The Joint Commission and Joint Commission Resources.
The four chapters cover staff scope and governance, credentialing and initial appointment, the privileging process, and ensuring continuous high performance. Several appendixes provide examples, tools, medical staff standards and related standards, and a glossary of terms. The book is well organized with topics labeled as particular points, excerpts that explain, instructive infographics, and concise concepts. The electronic version allows readers to click directly on links for standards, glossary terms, examples, etc. The instructive infographics vary in color and design and enhance understanding of the elements.
The book's graphics and various examples from other organizations are interesting and help readers grasp the requirements of The Joint Commission medical staff standards. I would recommend this as an added reference in accreditation departments and for medical executive committees.
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