medical team discussing resultsThe Joint Commission has announced the creation of a new Advanced Certification for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement. Joint Commission accredited hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers are eligible to apply for the new certification, which recognizes quality, consistency, and safety in joint replacement surgery programs.

According to the Joint Commission’s press release on the Certification, the advanced certification focuses on achieving excellence in key areas of continuity of care, communication, and patient education, including:

  • The continuum of care and all transitions that occur within each phase of care beginning with the orthopedic consultation through the postoperative phase and follow-up visit with the orthopedic surgeon.
  • Education of the total hip and total knee replacement patient in the preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative phases. Education should address comorbid assessments, risk factors, postoperative rehabilitation and discharge planning.
  • Shared decision-making that includes the patient throughout the continuum of care.
  • Consistent communication and collaboration between all health care providers involved in the care of the patients throughout the continuum of care.

The Wellness Network is pleased to support your hospital’s efforts in joint replacement education with the debut of new Patient Channel programming in March 2016. Your Joint Replacement Journey is a four-part video program that takes patients from pre-operative preparation through the transition home, with expert commentary from orthopedic surgeons, rehabilitation specialists, and other hip and knee replacement patients. This essential new video programming will be available both onscreen in the hospital room and after discharge via an online portal. To learn more about this and other Patient Channel programming, contact Customer Care at 888-219-4678 or email us at