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How a Secretive Spider Web is the Key to the Bank of Medical Care
The American Medical Money Machine ^ | May 18, 2015 | James R. Goldberg

Posted on 05/18/2015 3:33:02 PM PDT by Rona Badger

Market-based competition is usually the primary incentive for most industries but that’s not the case when it comes to healthcare nowadays. Can we trust the government to oversee the quality, cost and access to healthcare? They have mistakenly doled out that responsibility since 1965 to the Joint Commission, a consultant firm immune from paying taxes. The JC today is an over-sized conglomeration that’s become the end-all in determining the excellence and value of our hospitals at home and abroad.

They hold the key to a bank turning over nearly $4 trillion dollars a year. Where will this speeding train stop? The catbird seat to this slaughter is held by the JC. They operate in virtual secrecy and are now reaching further into profiting from international healthcare. The government looks the other way. Why?

Who are they? Like most people, I had never heard of the Joint Commission until 2006. They are a little known complex group of 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt organizations based in Illinois. Obtaining a (c)(3) tax exemption status requires the entity to be a charity, religious or educational organization. They are required to give something to society which offsets, in the eyes of the government, their obligation to pay taxes.

This relatively unknown entity, the JC, was empowered by Congress in 1965 under the Medicare Act to “deem” hospitals worthy of receiving Medicare funds, revenue which now accounts for 50 percent or more of the income received for hospitals in the US and its territories. The JC was also given significant power to revoke accreditation, sanction healthcare organizations and even suspend their accreditation, which is a virtual death blow to any institution.

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TOPICS: Government
KEYWORDS: aarp; jointcommission

1 posted on 05/18/2015 3:33:02 PM PDT by Rona Badger
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To: Rona_Badger

By “Joint Commission”, I’m assuming they’re referring to the “Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Health Care”, (JCAH).

2 posted on 05/18/2015 3:40:14 PM PDT by jdege
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To: jdege
Yes, that's the one. These are the non-profit EINs:

Joint Commission Resources, Inc. (EIN #: 36-3521721) dba: Joint Commission Resources International

Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (EIN #: 36-2229255) dba: The Joint Commission

Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare (EIN #: 26-3020947) dba: Center for Transforming Healthcare

3 posted on 05/18/2015 3:44:40 PM PDT by Rona Badger (Heeds the Calling Wind)
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To: Rona_Badger

Very interesting article.. been in healthcare most of my life and didn’t know this.. How many other regulatory health industries in Illinois?

4 posted on 05/18/2015 4:00:12 PM PDT by momincombatboots (Back to West by G-d Virginia.)
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To: momincombatboots

They strike fear in the hearts of every one who works in any area connected to a hospital. They pore over charts they inspect the buildings. They stop employees in the halls to ask them questions. They check policies and peocedures. They are in the facilities for a week. And if you don’t quite measure up they will be back shortly to see if you fixed it. If not, you are in deep doo doo.

5 posted on 05/18/2015 4:22:06 PM PDT by buckeye49 (HOPE IS NOT A STRATEGY-TED CRUZ FOR PRESIDENT!!)
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To: Rona_Badger
YOU ASKED............

6 posted on 05/18/2015 4:31:28 PM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited (specifically) to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: buckeye49

Yep, been there done that.. I work in the lab so that’s young JV compared to the CLIA we have been subjected to since hillary care 101. The Jacho folks just walk through the lab and thank their lucky stars they picked a better field. They don’t impress me much.

7 posted on 05/18/2015 4:38:53 PM PDT by momincombatboots (Back to West by G-d Virginia.)
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To: momincombatboots

I work in a hospital and all departments get nervous when JC is doing their audit. I’m not impressed. It’s like a Michelin star for restaurants.

8 posted on 05/18/2015 10:24:30 PM PDT by gattaca (Republicans believe every day is July 4, democrats believe every day is April 15. Ronald Reagan)
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