Accreditation

Joint Commission top-cited standards: Toughest challenges of the year

Briefings on Accreditation and Quality, February 1, 2010

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The Joint Commission officially announced the most-cited standards for the first half of 2009 and Life Safety standards top the list. Back in 2007, the Life Safety chapter consisted of only a single standard (EC.5.20) but was subsequently split into seven standards, leading citations for this area to jump from 29% to 45% in 2008. Three of the top 10 most-cited standards (and the two most-cited) fell under the Life Safety chapter.

Environment of Care (EOC) is “a huge fraction of the top 25 citations,” Bud Pate, REHS, vice president of content and development with The Greeley Company, a division of HCPro, Inc., Marblehead, MA, said during a recent presentation for the Center for Healthcare Accreditation.

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