#99049 - Joint Radiation Oncology Accreditation Agreement by qpj19309

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PART A. CONTACT INFORMATION
Name: Peter A. Johnston
Rank/Grade: CDR
Job Title: Head, Radiation Oncology
Organization: Navy Medical Center San Diego
Location: San Diego, CA
Commercial Telephone: 619/532-7274           Fax: 619/532-8178          DSN Prefix: 522
E-mail Address: pajohnston@nmcsd.med.navy.mil


PART B. SHARING AN INNOVATIVE PROGRAM

Date Submitted: August 1999

Title of Initiative: Joint Radiation Oncology Accreditation Agreement

In an effort to eliminate redundant evaluations of radiation oncology programs, the Radiation
Oncology Division at the Navy Medical Center, San Diego (NMCSD), united with the American
College of Radiology (ACR) and the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare
Organizations (JCAHO) in a joint accreditation agreement. This cooperative agreement, signed
in November 1998, will reduce the incidence of identical evaluation of radiation oncology
programs.

According to the terms of the agreement, JCAHO will accept ACR accreditation decisions in the
following critical performance areas: patient’s rights, assessment and care of patients, peer
review process and the continuum of radiation oncology care. NMCSD is one of only 10% of
the radiation oncology programs that are accredited nationwide and the first Department of
Defense site to earn the joint ACR and JCAHO accreditation.
Results of Initiative:

The joint accreditation recognizes the radiology oncology team for its quality program, ensures
that redundant inspections will no longer be necessary and helps to assure patients that they are
receiving superb treatment. Other specialty areas may also have potential opportunities for joint
accreditation agreements.



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