Accreditation

Scoring guidelines released for revised Joint Commission standards

Accreditation Connection, April 10, 2009

Accreditation professionals across the country have known for months that revisions to Joint Commission standards will go into effect on July 1. One unanswered question has stood out among others, however: how will hospitals be scored on the various changes The Joint Commission has announced?

Now we have an answer. The Joint Commission has released scoring guidelines for the current list of revisions the accrediting body is expected to implement on July 1.

Four days after The Joint Commission’s 2009 standards went into effect, the organization released an update intended to help bring existing standards in line with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Conditions of Participation. Since that time, the field has seen the release of a second update with proposed revisions to the standards, cutting the number of revisions in half.

The Joint Commission is currently undergoing the application process for continued deeming authority with CMS. These latest revisions came about following discussions with CMS where certain new or revised standards were found to be covered elsewhere in the standards and thus unneeded.

A crosswalk between the January and March changes, including scoring information, can be found here.

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