Accreditation

Key methods for simplifying medication storage

Briefings on Accreditation and Quality, January 1, 2010

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Collective experience from The Greeley Company’s consultants supports the Joint Commission’s November Perspectives, identifying medication storage as a problem. The CMS and The Joint Commission have relaxed medication storage requirements over the past few years but medication storage issues continue to receive RFIs at a 33% rate.

In November 2006, the CMS changed its requirement for security of medications stating that nonscheduled drugs must be stored in a secure area and locked when appropriate. All schedule II through V drugs must be locked in a secure area. The CMS defined a “secure area” as one in which medications are stored to prevent “unmonitored access by unauthorized individuals.”

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