Something from the Medical Marijuana Advocates, er-um, Joint Commission arrived in my mailbox recently.
I am now the proud owner of the Spring 2008 Joint Commission Resources Solutions Catalog – a brochure full of all kinds of products you can purchase from the Joint Commission so that you too can learn how to be in compliance.
Ever try to find Joint Commission “standards” online? You can’t. You have to buy them. If they change their missives, guess what … you have to buy them again. If you don’t buy updates, then you risk not being in “compliance” and losing your accreditation.
So TJC (which is an unapproved abbreviation because it can be confused with “THC“) gains a financial advantage by creating frequent changes in their “standards.”
Just in case you want to learn how to pass your Joint Commission inspection, Joint Commission Resources has all kinds of information they will sell you about how to get in line with their secret directives.
You can buy a manual of Accreditation Standards for $135. Then you can purchase 9 other “Additional Accreditation Standards” for only $110 each.
They have seven different “Comprehensive Accreditation Manuals” covering areas such as ambulatory care, home health, long term care, point of care testing, etc. that sell for $265 each.
Then … you can get any or all of six “Accreditation Manager Plus” modules that range in price from $2,400 to $3,895 each.
If you’re still confused, you can purchase a site license to “The Source” newsletter for a $995 per year. Individuals can get a subscription for a mere $299.
Go look at all this stuff at the “JCR Web store.” All you have to do is cough up about $20,000 and you’ll know everything you need to know to pass your inspection with flying colors.
Isn’t this kind of like some state forcing you to purchase a book of laws you have to follow, making you renew your purchase every year, and subjecting you to arrest if you can’t afford the book?
Or is it more like the cartoon below?