OAKBROOK TERRACE, Ill. -- The Joint Commission on
Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) is accepting
applications for the eighth annual Ernest A. Codman Award. This
prestigious award recognizes excellence in the use of outcomes measurement
by organizations and individuals to achieve improvements in the quality
and safety of healthcare.
An application for the Codman Award is available at www.jcaho.org for the
more than 16,000 healthcare organizations and programs accredited by
JCAHO. Applications may be printed online, using Adobe Portable Document
Format. The deadline for applications is April 05, 2004.
Award application forms are being made available earlier to provide more
time for organizations to complete and submit the required information and
materials. The revised application has been modified to enhance the
clarity of the Codman Award requirements and streamline the supporting
Named for the physician regarded in health care as the "father of outcomes
measurement," the Ernest A. Codman Award showcases the effective use of
performance measurement by healthcare organizations and individuals to
improve the quality and safety of health care. An award may be given in
each of the following categories each year if a candidate organization or
individual qualifies: ambulatory care, behavioral healthcare, hospital,
home care, laboratory, long term care, network, multiple organization, and
Awards are given only to meritorious applications and are not necessarily
made in each category. A panel of national experts in quality measurement
and improvement will select the recipients of the 2004 awards.
Healthcare organizations may submit any performance measurement and
improvement initiative that reflects the accomplishment of a significant
performance improvement. Applicant-organizations must demonstrate an
organization-wide commitment and approach to data driven
improvement. Specifically, the award evaluation committee will look for
and evaluate the following attributes of each initiative submitted for
- Planning process
- Performance measurement and data analysis
- Performance improvement actions and results
Applicants or nominees for the individual award must demonstrate
leadership in promoting the use of performance measures to improve health
The 2004 Codman Award will be presented during a December 2004 national
conference in Chicago and award winners will showcase their winning
entries at special presentations during the conference. The Codman Award
takes its origin in the revolutionary concepts of Dr. Codman, who in 1910
proposed a system for physicians and hospitals to track every patient
treated to determine whether individual treatments were effective. If a
treatment was not effective, an effort would be made to determine why, so
that similar cases could be treated successfully in the future. Dr.
Codman's "end results" system emphasized the important utility of outcomes
measurement for performance improvement.
This year's Codman Awards will be presented Dec. 3, 2003 at the Joint
Commission's 2003 National Conference on Quality and Safety in Health Care
at the Chicago Hilton and Towers.
Call JCAHO's Customer Service Center at (630) 792.5800 or send an e-mail message to: [email protected] for additional information about the Codman Award.