Opinions expressed throughout this site are not necessarily those of HCPro, owner of hcpro.com and blogs.hcpro.com. Mention of products and services does not constitute endorsement. Advice given is general, and users should consult professional counsel for specific legal, ethical, or clinical questions.
We do not intend to give legal advice, nor do we allege any legal expertise. Instead, we offer observations of legal-related areas so that users will be mindful of the need to consult attorneys who are experts in these matters. Note that many legal issues are based upon state – not federal – laws and are relatively esoteric. Users must be sure to consult attorneys who are familiar with the health laws of their states.
Products and Services
Throughout the site, we mention organizations, products, and services that might interest users. This does not signify our endorsement of them. The fact that a certain organization, product, or service is not listed on our site simply means that we are not aware of its existence. Please let us know of any missing products or services by e-mailing us.
The Joint Commission and Other Accreditors
The Joint Commission is one of the preeminent organizations in health care quality, of which credentialing and privileging are important elements. One must be familiar with The Joint Commission’s standards and policies to fully understand and be effective in the credentialing and privileging of healthcare professionals.
An important point: We do not represent The Joint Commission or any other accreditor. Statements such as “The Joint Commission requires” are based on careful readings of The Joint Commissions standards, exposure to The Joint Commission’s surveyor training, and frequent observation of The Joint Commission survey teams at work. We attempt to provide users with the best predictions and interpretations of current Joint Commission requirements, but caution users that advice given is general, and users should consult professional counsel for specific instruction.
Federal and state law can differ from those of The Joint Commission or other accrediting organizations. These requirements can be stated in licensing laws or regulations or in a contract or contract-like document (e.g., Medicare Conditions of Participation).
HCPro has made every effort to ensure that the information contained in this site is accurate. If you find information that you feel is not accurate or complete, please e-mail us.
HCPro’s Online Interaction Guidelines
HCPro and its subsidiaries embrace online social networking and interactivity and recognize it as a crucial channel to keep in touch with healthcare professionals and the important issues that they face.
HCPro is continuously exploring how online social media can better connect the company to its customers and other healthcare professionals in order to meet the company’s mission to assist our customers with their mission of healing, and continuous improvement of healthcare, through superior education, unparalleled service, and practical tools and guidance. HCPro believes in the importance of open exchange and learning. It is the company’s intent to use online social media as a means to stay better-connected and become more aware of the important issues and needs in healthcare.
It is HCPro’s intent to not censure, interfere or influence content or subject matter on blogs posted on its sites in order to preserve the true nature of this media. HCPro will also not censure, modify or delete comments and product reviews posted by its online visitors provided that these comments and reviews meet HCPro’s professionalism standards listed below.
HCPro views public comment and product reviews as an opportunity to improve products and services and stay better-connected with the healthcare industry. The company views its sites as a way to encourage networking with peers and HCPro in an open forum setting.
However, in order to maintain a level professional service to its online readers, HCPro enforces the following guidelines. Content placed by online visitors that does not follow these guidelines may be subject to removal.
Please note that blogs on this site and other sites owned by HCPro are being provided as a forum for public discussion about issues relating to healthcare and safety. HCPro encourages frank and open discussion among members and visitors. However, it is critical that the blog be used responsibly, and that individuals posting and reading messages understand and adhere to a few basic rules:
HCPro welcomes members of the healthcare community to participate in its online forums, blogs and other interactive areas. We want to thank you for being an important contributor to the success of the company’s sites and for keeping our sites as professional resources for you and your peers.
If you have any questions about HCPro’s interaction guidelines or want to alert us to public content that you find objectionable, please call our Customer Service Center at 877/727-1728 Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern Standard Time or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org