Kurt Patton served as Executive Director of Accreditation Services at the Joint Commission for almost eight years until December 2005. In this role, he worked with all types of accredited organizations seeking to be re surveyed, merging, evolving, acquiring new services, as well as new organizations seeking to become accredited. He managed the post survey process for all accreditation programs, which includes issuance of accreditation decisions and reports as well as monitoring the organizational database for intra-cycle monitoring events.
He also supervised the staff involved in pre-survey support and analysis of organizational data to design survey duration and complement, as well as the logistics and routing of surveyors throughout the nation. Mr. Patton was responsible for business development in the Hospital Accreditation Program, and the development of the Critical Access Hospital program. He also was a frequent presenter at Joint Commission educational programs including Executive Briefings.
Before joining the Joint Commission, Mr. Patton was the deputy director for the Division of Strategic Initiatives and Managed Care in the New York State Office of Mental Health. In that position, he was responsible for analyzing national health care reform trends and planning managed Medicaid, Medicare and community support initiatives designed to serve individuals with serious mental illness. Previously, he served as the administrator for a state operated behavioral health managed care program and director of the Bureau of Health Services.
In January 2006 Mr. Patton founded an independent consulting practice to assist organizations in developing a systems approach to accreditation, regulatory compliance, and patient safety initiatives.
Mr. Patton earned his bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy and his master’s degree in Institutional Administration from St. John’s University, Jamaica, NY.