Joint Commission Reminds of No Gift Policy for its Surveyors

PUBLISHED: Dec 12, 2017
Relevant to: Ambulatory Care, Behavioral Health, Clinical Lab, Critical Access Hospitals, Dialysis Facilities, Home Health, Hospice, Hospitals, Long Term Care

The Joint Commission (TJC) has published a reminder for accredited organizations that they are not to offer Joint Commission surveyors/reviewers gifts. TJC has a gift policy that prohibits surveyors/reviewers from accepting gifts related to accreditation.

According to TJC, gifts can include anything of value given to Joint Commission employees, including but not limited to:

  • Cash
  • Gratuities
  • Meals
  • Gift certificates
  • Tickets to sporting, cultural, community or performance events
  • Favors (specially arranged for the recipient and not commonly offered to everyone)
  • Discounts
  • Free services
  • Space
  • Equipment
  • Loans
  • Education
  • Lodging
  • Transportation

Further, TJC clarifies that:

  • A modest on-site meal is acceptable.
  • Gifts don’t constitute emergency health care, security or safety provisions to protect staff while on-site for consultation or survey/review.
  • Promotional mementos and souvenirs of nominal value (such as a coffee mug or pen with an organization’s logo) are not considered gifts.
    • These types of items can be accepted if given after the survey or review and when there is no apparent attempt to influence a business decision.

The intention of this policy is to ensure the integrity of The Joint Commission’s decision process and to ensure independence in business judgment.

Joint Commission employees involved with the accreditation and certification decision process cannot accept any gift of value from a surveyed/reviewed or accredited/certified organization.

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