The Source

THE ONE Source for Joint Commission accreditation and certification compliance strategies!

Stay informed with the authoritative digital resource you need to improve your compliance with Joint Commission accreditation and certification requirements across all health care settings.  Perfect for health care leaders and frontline staff, The Source’s blend of compliance strategies and solutions, news, and infographics makes it a must-read that you’ll want to keep close at hand.  

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Product Description

Product Description

Go to The Source for Joint Commission Compliance Strategies

Improve your compliance with Joint Commission accreditation and certification requirements across all health care settings with The Source. This monthly digital newsletter features practical compliance strategies and solutions, news, and tools straight from The Joint Commission. Perfect for health care leaders, frontline providers, and anyone responsible for educating staff and ensuring compliance with Joint Commission requirements, The Source is a must-read that you’ll want to keep close at hand.

Key Content

  • Solutions to common challenges related to Joint Commission standards compliance, patient safety, and more, covering all health care settings
  • Best-practice solutions and authoritative advice from the experts—Joint Commission surveyors and Joint Commission Resources consultants
  • Case studies featuring success stories full of practical tips for overcoming compliance challenges and improving patient safety
  • Strategies for complying with the National Patient Safety Goals®, meeting performance measurement requirements, and achieving and sustaining quality improvement

Key Features

  • Advancing Health Care Equity—Focused on empowering organizations to improve health care equity, this series includes profiles of organizations that have led successful health care equity initiatives, strategies for complying with Joint Commission health care equity requirements, and deep dives into top issues in health care equity
  • Spotlight on Success—Insightful, “how we did it” stories on preventing medical errors, meeting standards, and improving patient safety and quality
  • Tool Time—Tools, including checklists, that can strengthen your organization’s response to common compliance challenges.  Many tools come from forthcoming and/or best-selling JCR books.
  • Focus on Accreditation/Certification—Targeted articles highlighting challenging or evolving issues in Joint Commission accreditation and certification programs
  • Top News—A digest of the most current accreditation and health care news
  • Infographics—Easy-to-understand visuals explaining current research on top patient safety and quality improvement issues

Standards: All

Settings: Ambulatory Care, Assisted Living Community, Behavioral Health Care and Human Services, Critical Access Hospital, Home Care, Hospital, Office-Based Surgery, Nursing Care Center, Laboratory, and Disease-Specific Care

Audience:  For accreditation, patient safety, quality improvement, and compliance professionals in all Joint Commission-accredited and -certified health care organizations.

To view a sampling of The Source articles, click below.

Sample Issue





Executive Editor: Natalie Ruppert
Senior Project Manager: Heather Yang
Executive Director, Global Publishing: Catherine Chopp Hinckley, MA, PhD

Contact the Editor Natalie Ruppert, Joint Commission Resources, (630) 268-2982,

Subscription Information
The Source (ISSN 1542-8672) is published monthly (12 times a year) by Joint Commission Resources, One Renaissance Boulevard, Suite 401, Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181

For questions about subscribing or renewing your subscription or updating your address information, please contact Customer Service at 877-223-6866 or

© 2023 The Joint Commission

Joint Commission Resources, Inc (JCR), a not-for-profit affiliate of The Joint Commission, has been designated by The Joint Commission to publish publications and multimedia products. JCR reproduces and distributes the materials under license from The Joint Commission.

No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any reasons without written permission. Contact

Advisory Board

Advisory Board

James Brown, RPh, PharmD, IDSP
Director of Pharmacy, Kindred Hospital Albuquerque
Clinical Emergency Room Pharmacist, Presbyterian Kaseman Hospital
Albuquerque, NM

Lisa DiBlasi Moorehead, EdD, MSN, RN, CENP, CJCP
Associate Nurse Executive Accreditation and Certification Operations, The Joint Commission
Oakbrook Terrace, IL

Chad D. Neilsen, MPH, CIC, FAPIC
Director, Accreditation & Infection Prevention, University of Florida Health Jacksonville
Faculty, University of Florida College of Medicine
Jacksonville, FL

Meghan Pillow, MSN, RN, CCRN
Family Nurse Practitioner, Bon Secours
Mercy Health Greenville, SC

Chitra Rajagopalan, MD, FCAP
Chief, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Service, VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System Professor of Pathology, University of Colorado, Denver School of Medicine
Aurora, CO

Carmen Young, BSN, RN<
Senior Clinical Nurse
University of Maryland Medical Center
Baltimore, MD



Who within my organization should subscribe to The Source?

The Source is a practical newsletter for accreditation, patient safety, quality improvement professionals, nurse leaders, and physician leaders in all accredited and certified health care organizations. It targets staff responsible for accreditation preparation and performance measurement.

What topics does The Source cover?

The Source covers top stories on:

  • Your toughest compliance challenges and strategies for overcoming those challenges
  • Best-practice solutions from the field
  • Success stories, examples, and tips to help you excel on your next survey
  • Special pointers for multiple health care settings: Hospitals, critical access hospitals, ambulatory health care, assisted living communities, office-based surgery practices, nursing care centers, home care, laboratories, and behavioral health care and human services organizations

How often does The Source publish?

The Source is published 12 times a year by Joint Commission Resources.

Can I submit articles?

Yes, but obtain pre-approval from the editor first. See “Submission Guidelines” tab.

Can my organization be featured as a case study in The Source?

Yes; if your organization has done an exemplary job in promoting safety, improving processes and performance, or preventing patient safety events, and you’d like to share your story with other organizations, please contact The Source editor at

For general periodical FAQs, please click here.

Standards Interpretation

If you have questions regarding interpretation or clarification of The Joint Commission standards, please check out Joint Commission Standards Interpretation FAQs or contact The Joint Commission's Standards Interpretation Group (SIG) through the Online Question Form.

Submission Guidelines

Submission Guidelines

Do you have

  • An idea for an article?
  • A contact for a case study?
  • An example of an organization “doing the right things right”? (Maybe even your organization!)
  • An outstanding and useful form, tool, or checklist?
  • A question that needs answering?
  • A myth or misconception that needs clarification?
  • A hot topic or critical question that you want addressed?
  • A crucial issue that needs attention?

If so, please send your ideas to The Source at

The Source features timely, practical articles that address compliance strategies in a problem/solution format covering patient safety in all accreditation settings.

The Source invites readers to submit queries regarding potential articles, including case studies to Articles pre-approved for submission should be between 700 and 1,400 words and include graphic elements, such as photos and charts.

Your article should be written in an informal, first-person style directly addressing our readers (I-we/you- your). Briefly describe your organization (location, number of beds, types of patients, etc.), note any specific Joint Commission requirements this project or experience addresses, and let us know about any graphics (figures, tables, photos, tools) you could provide. Tips and "lessons learned" summaries make effective, helpful conclusions.

A panel of Joint Commission experts on appropriate standards and accreditation issues will review each article that is considered suitable for publication. Authors should be available to answer the editor’s questions and approve edited copy.



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