What is “The Joint Commission” (TJC)?
The Joint Commission (formerly JCAHO) is an organization that accredits medical institutions across North America. Their accreditation assists patients and insurers using standard measures of effectiveness.
What Are Blue Folders?
The Blue Folder is a tool to assist managers with documentation of staff competencies. The folder is used to demonstrate this competence to The Joint Commission. Blue folders must contain the correct information and be kept current.
What is the “BFB” (Blue Folder Brigade)?
The Blue Folder Brigade is a group of employees comprised of representatives across Michigan Medicine who are responsible for managing the Blue Folder process. The BFB member is the department’s designated person responsible for being knowledgeable about Blue Folder requirements, the department’s process for ensuring compliance, and coordinating documentation into the folders to prove compliance.
Participation in the BFB encourages members to share process information and best practices among other BFB members, help design any changes that need to be made as standards are updated or added, and to be educated on TJC HR standards.