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JCAHO to recognize hospitals with exemplary organ donor rates in 2005.

As part of its ongoing effort to get its member organizations more actively involved in getting increasing organ donation in the US, the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) announced in November that it will begin recognizing hospitals with exemplary organ donation rates next year.

Beginning in mid-2005, hospitals that maintain an organ donation conversion rate of 75% or greater will be recognized in organization-specific Quality Reports. JCAHO explained the Special Quality Awards section provides recognition of specific achievements by individual organizations, such as Magnet Hospital Recognition by the American Credentialing Center and participation in the Hospital Quality Alliance.

By recognizing hospitals reaching a 75% conversion rate, JCAHO is emulating the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Organ Donation Breakthrough Collaborative which is involved in a nationwide effort to get the largest hospitals in the US to increase conversion rates from the current national average of 50% to 75%.

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Title Annotation:Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations
Comment:JCAHO to recognize hospitals with exemplary organ donor rates in 2005.(Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations)
Publication:Transplant News
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Dec 15, 2004
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