Comprehensive Certification Manual for Disease Specific Care Including Advanced Programs for DSC Certification

Comprehensive Certification Manual for Disease Specific Care Including Advanced Programs for DSC Certification
2021st Ed.
© 2021 The Joint Commission. All rights reserved.
Joint Commission Resources
Helen Fry
ISBN-10: 1-63585-169-6 / ISBN-13: 978-1-63585-169-4
eISBN-10: 1-63585-170-X / eISBN-13: 978-1-63585-170-0
Healthcare Administration, Patient Safety and Quality Improvement


If you've committed to Joint Commission disease-specific care certification, you need to ensure your program meets applicable Joint Commission standards as well as clinical performance standards for targeted metrics. Continuous standards compliance starts with staff who know what The Joint Commission requires. The 2021 Comprehensive Certification Manual for Disease-Specific Care Certification Including Advanced Programs for Disease-Specific Care Certification features everything your disease-specific care program needs to attain or retain core or advanced certification. This certification manual provides the key information your program, organization, or firm needs to achieve and maintain continuous standards compliance and experience operational improvement. It describes the certification process and includes all the certification requirements that must be met to achieve The Gold Seal of Approval®.

It's lean and light, making it a perfect on-the-go reference. Keep it handy in meetings, during orientation and training, and as a practical overview of the Joint Commission’s accreditation requirements for everyone in your organization, from staff to leaders. Then, get ready to power performance improvement and excellence in your disease-specific care program, organization, or firm.

Key Topics:

  • • Keys to successfully using the manual to be prepared for onsite review
  • • "Gold tab" core and advanced standards and certification participation requirements for disease-specific care certification effective January 1, 2021
  • • "Blue tab" chapters with details about The Joint Commission’s certification process, performance improvement, sentinel events, and more

Key Features:

  • • "What's New" summary of changes made since the previous print edition

Standards: All 2021 core and advanced disease-specific care standards, including the twelve advanced disease-specific care certification programs:

  • • Acute Heart Attack Ready
  • • Acute Stroke Ready Hospital
  • • Chronic Kidney Disease
  • • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
  • • Comprehensive Stroke Center
  • • Heart Failure
  • • Inpatient Diabetes Care
  • • Lung Volume Reduction Surgery
  • • Primary Heart Attack Center
  • • Primary Stroke Center
  • • Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement
  • • Thrombectomy-Capable Stroke Center
  • • Ventricular Assist Device Destination Therapy

Setting: Clinical programs across the continuum of care that provide care and services for virtually any chronic disease or condition, including for the advanced certification programs listed above.

Key Audience: Staff responsible for certification, compliance, patient safety, performance measurement, or quality improvement in a program seeking or maintaining DSC certification.

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Quotes, Reviews or Testimonials

"Updated guidelines are necessary for those healthcare facilities seeking certification and/or re-certification. TJC provides expert recommendations contributing to high-quality healthcare. This manual continues the cycle of performance improvement so necessary within health care."

-- Jill Massengale, DNP (James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital) Doody's Review


Hospital administrators, quality managers, healthcare management, and direct care staff alike can glean insightful information from this manual. It is intended to encompass the totality of care for designated disease states, and it does so readily. As the certifying body, TJC is recognized as the foremost authority on disease-specific care. This authority is upheld by TJC's expert members and their distinguished publications as well as their incorporation of standards set forth by relevant professional organizations.

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