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Kaiser Permanente awarded certification in in-patient diabetes care

Kaiser Permanente San Diego has earned The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval for its inpatient diabetes care program by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission's national standards for health care quality and safety in disease-specific care. The certification award recognizes Kaiser Permanente's dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission's state-of-the-art standards.

Kaiser Permanente San Diego underwent a rigorous on-site review on Sept. 9, 2013. A Joint Commission expert evaluated KP San Diego for compliance with the inpatient diabetes care-specific standards, clinical practice guidelines and performance measures. The inpatient diabetes certification program is based on the American Diabetes Association (ADA) Clinical Practice Recommendations.

"In achieving Joint Commission advanced certification, Kaiser Permanente San Diego has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients with diabetes," says Jean Range, M.S., R.N., C.P.H.Q., executive director, Disease-Specific Care Certification, The Joint Commission. "Certification is a voluntary process and I commend Kaiser Permanente San Diego for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves."

"With Joint Commission advanced certification, we are making a significant investment in quality on a day-to-day basis from the top down. Joint Commission accreditation provides us a framework to take our organization to the next level and helps create a culture of excellence," says Mary Ann Barnes, senior vice president and executive director of Kaiser Permanente San Diego. "Achieving Joint Commission advanced certification in inpatient diabetes care, for our organization, is recognition of Kaiser Permanente's commitment to excellence in continually improving the care we provide to our patients."

The Joint Commission's Advanced Certification for Inpatient Diabetes Care, developed in conjunction with the ADA, provides standards related to:

• Staff education requirements,

• Written blood glucose monitoring protocols,

• Plans for the treatment of hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia,

• Data collection of incidences of hypoglycemia,

• Patient education on self-management of diabetes, and

• An identified program champion or program champion team.

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