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  1. Smith, Jennifer L.


The Joint Commission's Disease Specific Care Certification (DSC) recognizes disease management programs for superior quality. Programs are awarded DSC that meets established criteria for managing chronic conditions. Awarding of DSC is based on a program's compliance with disease-specific standards, evidence-based clinical practice guidelines, and performance improvement measures. Programs will be evaluated during a site visit by a Joint Commission reviewer; once certification is awarded, it is valid for 2 years. Programs are required to submit an Intra-Cycle Evaluation Report after 1 year.