5 things to know about orthopedic certifications for ASCs

The Joint Commission awards orthopedic certifications to ASCs that meet core standards under the Disease-Specific Care Certification Manual. 

Here are five things to know about The Joint Commission's certification options.

1. There are four orthopedic systems of care certification options for ASCs: Advanced Certification for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement; Core Hip Replacement Certification; Core Knee Replacement Certification; and Core Spinal Surgery Certification.

2. Core hip or knee certification requires compliance with disease-specific care standards. This level of certification involves a one-day review and an organization chooses its performance measures, with at least two of the four being clinical.

3. Advanced certification for total hip and total knee has program-specific requirements in addition to the core disease-specific care standards. This certification level entails intraoperative observation and a two-day review.

4. For advanced certification, programs must have one patient undergoing hip or knee replacement surgery on-site at the time of the review.

5. Standardized performance measures for advanced certification went into effect Jan. 1.

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