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February 22 | 10:00 am 1:30 pm


Please Note: Those registering for this virtual event will receive a recording of it and slides after the presentation, so if you can’t join us on the day of the event, register anyways and review the material at your leisure.

Join us for MHA’s annual Joint Commission update conference!

Don’t miss the opportunity to gain valuable insights and updates from industry experts and peers, including hospitals that have undergone The Joint Commission survey process in the past year.

This program will cover:

  • Presentations from The Joint Commission
  • Progress updates regarding health equity and the 1115 Waiver
  • Presentations from colleagues that have undergone The Joint Commission survey process in the past year.


2024 Joint Commission Update

Thursday, February 22, 2024, 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

10 – 10:05 a.m.

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Patricia Noga, PhD, RN, Vice President, Clinical Affairs, MHA

10:05 – 11:35 a.m.

Keynote Speakers:  Updates from The Joint Commission

Mark Crafton, Executive Director, Strategic Alliances

The Joint Commission

Chad Larson, Executive Director of Hospital Accreditation and Certification Programs

The Joint Commission

11:35 a.m. – 12:05 p.m.

Health Equity and the 1115 Waiver:  Progress and What’s in Store for 2024

Isabelle Lopes, Vice President of Health Equity, MHA

12:05 – 12:15 p.m.


12:15 – 1:30 p.m.

Survey Readiness and Results:  Experiences from the Field

Denise Ambrosi, Senior Manager, Clinical Compliance

Spaulding Rehabilitation Network, Mass General Brigham

Ellen Felkel-Brennan, DNP, RN, Associate Vice President, Quality, Safety and Regulatory

UMass Memorial Medical Center

Talia LaPointe, Director, Quality, Safety & Regulatory

UMass Memorial Medical Center

Rita Morin, DNP, RN, Sr. Director, Healthcare Quality & Patient Safety

Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital – Needham

Cancellation Policy (for in-person events only): Full refunds will be recognized when cancellations occur at least 5 business days prior to an in-person event. Any cancellation notices received after this time will result in $50 administrative fee. To avoid this penalty, you may send someone in your place by forwarding their full name, title and email address to the Director of Healthcare Education, Amy Smalarz at asmalarz@mhalink.org. No shows will be responsible for payment in full.