The Board of Trustees of the American Hospital Association (AHA) has appointed Jaquith Nursing Home Director Marc Lewis as its principal representative to The Joint Commission's Professional and Technical Advisory Committee for the Long Term Care program.
As such, he will represent the interests and policies of the nation's hospitals and health systems to the Joint Commission, an independent, not-for-profit organization that accredits and certifies more than 19,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. Joint Commission accreditation and certification is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to meeting certain performance standards. This appointment is for a two-year term beginning, January 1, 2012 and ending December 31, 2013. The Professional and Technical Advisory Committee serves a formal advisory function, reviewing all policies, procedures and standards that will be used in the accreditation process.
The AHA is the national organization that represents and serves all types of hospitals, health care networks, and their patients and communities. It is made up of 40,000 individual members and nearly 5,000 hospitals, health care systems, networks and other providers of care. Through its efforts, AHA ensures that members' perspectives and needs are heard and addressed in national health policy development, legislative and regulatory debates, and judicial matters.