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Published on December 30, 2015

Billings Clinic Awarded Re-Certification from Joint Commission for Hip and Knee Replacement

Billings, MT— Billings Clinic’s Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Center has once again earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ for Hip and Knee Replacement Certification.

Certification is a voluntary process.  To earn this distinction, Billings Clinic’s Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Center underwent a rigorous on-site review in October of 2015. Joint Commission experts evaluated compliance with national care standards as well as with joint replacement-specific requirements. Clinical practice guidelines and performance measures also were assessed. 

“Pursuing this independent evaluation on behalf of our patients is an important thing for us to do, and we’re thrilled to once again receive the Joint Commission’s Seal of Approval,” says Matthew Kopplin, MD, orthopedic surgeon at Billings Clinic Orthopedic and Sports Medicine department.   “It means that every team member involved in the joint replacement process, from the nurses to the front desk to housekeeping, is continually working to exceed the quality, safety and experience expectations of our patients.”

This certification announcement immediately follows the opening of Billings Clinic’s new orthopedic and neurology unit, which creates a dedicated space for patients who receive joint replacements and other related orthopedic and neurological procedures and surgeries. 

Certification requirements address three areas:

  • Compliance with consensus-based national standards and safety goals. 
  • Effective use of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines to manage and optimize care.
  • An organized approach to performance measurement and improvement activities.

Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve the safety and quality of care provided to the public through the provision of health care accreditation and related services that support performance improvement in health care organizations. The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits nearly 15,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States, including more than 8,000 hospitals and home care organizations, and more than 6,800 other health care organizations that provide long term care, assisted living, behavioral health care, laboratory and ambulatory care services.

The Joint Commission also accredits health plans, integrated delivery networks, and other managed care entities. In addition, the Joint Commission provides certification of disease-specific care programs, primary stroke centers, and health care staffing services. An independent, not-for-profit organization, the Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more about the Joint Commission at www.jointcommission.org.

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