I recently came across a couple of news bits that suggested that the Joint Commission was largely responsible for the opioid epidemic. I don’t remember the exact source and wasn’t sure if it was real news or not, but it struck me as odd that an accreditation organization would be implicated as a cause of the current opioid crisis. So I looked into it, keeping what I’ve learned from Freakonomics in mind, as always. I was surprised by what I found.
I remember as a resident hearing the nurses at the hospital speaking with dread about upcoming JCAHO (as the