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9/5/2000

ASHP to Nominate JCAHO PTAC Member

Katherine M. Bennett

Society is the first pharmacy organization to advise JCAHO on hospital issues.

ASHP, in response to a request by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), nominated a member and an alternate to the JCAHO Professional and Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC) related to hospital standards. The member will serve a two-year term that began Jan. 1. PTACs are an integral part of JCAHO's advisory structure. The hospital PTAC is one of six such advisory committees; the others address ambulatory care, behavioral health care, home care, long-term care, and networks. ASHP also has a seat on the home care PTAC. PTAC members, who represent a diverse group of national health care organizations, assist the Joint Commission in developing and refining accreditation standards and scoring guidelines. "The value of the PTACs stems from the diversity of organizational perspectives each of the members brings to the table," said Laura Reeder, director of board and committee activities at the Joint Commission. "The input from these health care organizations is critical to the development of Joint Commission standards," she added. ASHP President Bruce E. Scott, M.S., FASHP, agreed, saying, "We are very pleased that JCAHO recognizes that the pharmacist's perspective is vital to patient care."