Comprehensive Accreditation Manual for Home Care

Comprehensive Accreditation Manual for Home Care
2023 Ed.
2023 © Joint Commission Resources, Inc.
The Joint Commission Resources
ISBN-13: 978-1-63585-279-0
eISBN-13: 978-1-63585-280-6
Nursing, Patient Safety and Quality Improvement


The 2023 Comprehensive Accreditation Manual for Home Care (CAMHC) provides all the official Joint Commission standards, elements of performance (EPs), National Patient Safety Goals, and other accreditation requirements, including those for the optional Community-Based Palliative Care certification.

Understanding Which Standards Apply. The Joint Commission Home Care Accreditation Program serves organizations providing care in the patient’s place of residence or those offering community-based services. The types of settings most commonly served include home health, hospice, pharmacies, durable medical equipment providers (including DMEPOS), and personal care and support. (See the section on Settings below for a longer list of services.) Eligibility requirements will differ based on the services provided and survey option you select.

Standards for all these settings and services appear in the 2023 CAMHC. The “Standards Applicability Grid" chapter helps each organization determine which standards and EPs in the manual apply to its setting(s) and service(s). These applicability grids allow you to identify the services and settings, as you identified them in your E-App, and find standards that apply to your organization.

Key Topics:

  • • Accreditation requirements, including the standards, National Patient Safety Goals, and Accreditation Participation Requirements effective January 1, 2023
  • • Accreditation process information about Joint Commission policies and procedures and practical survey preparation information on the Early Survey Policy, documentation requirements, standards applicability, and more
  • • Standards and EPs for optional Community-Based Palliative Care certification

Key Features:

  • • Integrated regulatory requirements for home health and hospice deemed status
  • • Survey readiness tools including compliance prompts, documentation checklists, and action planning worksheets in every standards chapter
  • • Icons to help navigate documentation requirements as well as risk areas
  • • "What's New" summary of changes made since the last edition

Doody's Reviews

Doody's Core Titles (DCT)
Specialty Score: 2.07 Nursing - Home Care
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Quotes, Reviews or Testimonials

"The manual is well written, well organized, and a definitive resource for home healthcare providers. It provides a nice framework for acquiring and sustaining accreditation from the Joint Commission as well as tips and tools focused on monitoring and maintaining compliance while rendering safe patient-centered care. Frequent updates to the manual are justifiable due the continuous changes and medical advances in healthcare."

-- Gwendolyn Oglesby-Odom, Ed.D., MSN, BSN, RN-BC, NEA-BC (The Regional Medical Center) Doody's Review - previous edition


The audience includes those at home healthcare organizations seeking accreditation and organizations looking to maintain their accreditation. The Joint Commission is an industry expert dedicated to improving and sustaining the quality of care provided to patients. The Joint Commission standards are used as benchmarks in a variety of healthcare settings, including hospitals, ambulatory care, behavioral health, home health, and skilled nursing facilities. The Joint Commission is known for its comprehensive evaluation process and is one of the most recognized forms of accreditation.

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