Don't Let Disruptive Doctors Hurt Your Accreditation

Law360, New York (September 11, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Problems with disruptive staff changed quickly from an occasional distraction to a priority issue for hospital administrators on July 9, 2008, when the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations issued a Sentinel Event Alert regarding what it called "behaviors that undermine a culture of safety."

Effective Jan. 1, 2009, institutions that have or seek Joint Commission accreditation will be required to address "intimidating and disruptive behaviors" by healthcare workers. Policies and procedures must be put in place and implemented in order to comply with the...
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