Sep 8, 2017

Hospitals keep accreditation even when safety lapses arise

A prominent hospital accrediting group rarely takes action against violators. Photo: John Amis / AP

The Joint Commission rarely revokes accreditations, even when hospitals have serious or lethal patient safety lapses, according to a Wall Street Journal investigation. One hospital in Massachusetts kept its accredited status in 2014 even though the federal government said poor patient care led to the deaths of three babies within months.

Why it matters: The Joint Commission is one of the largest agencies that ensures hospitals are providing good, safe care. If the organization ignores federal violations, then "accreditation is basically meaningless," Harvard researcher Ashish Jha told the WSJ.

One step further: There's also an element of the "fox guarding the henhouse." Most Joint Commission board members work at health systems that pay for accreditation.

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Protesters race up a hill to avoid tear gas in Philadelphia, June 1. Photo: Mark Makela/Getty Images

The list of victims has swiftly grown since George Floyd died in police custody just eight days ago.

The big picture: Protests against police brutality have turned into a showcase of police brutality, with tear gas and rubber bullets deployed against crowds. The police have the arsenals at their disposal, but we're also seeing law enforcement officers becoming targets.

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What they're saying: "Justice for black Americans in the face of unjust violence, and peace for our country in the face of looting, riots, and domestic terror. Those are the two issues Americans want addressed," McConnell said on the Senate floor.

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Goerge Bush in Michigan in 2009. Photo: Bill Pugliano/Getty Images

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Why it matters: It's a stark juxtaposition when compared to fellow Republican President Trump's response to current civil unrest. While Trump has called for justice in Floyd's death, he's also condemned protestors and threatened to deploy military personnel if demonstrations continue.