Accreditation

The Joint Commission reinstates anti-discrimination requirements to Leadership standards

Accreditation Connection, April 26, 2010

The Joint Commission has announced it will reinstate an anti-discrimination requirement which had previously been removed, according to an official statement by the accreditation organization.

As of July 1, 2010, this requirement—deleted originally in 2003 with the thought that it was covered under other, existing standards—will be reinstated due to research on which professionals those requirements cover. In fact, existing requirements usually only effect employees, and thus physicians, who are most often not employees of the hospital, were not covered under the requirements.

The changes will impact two Elements of Performance (EP) in the medical staff standards: EP MS.06.01.07 and EP MS.07.01.01 (discussing gender, race, creed, national origin).

The decision follows a request by the American Medical Association’s Women Physician’s Congress that the requirement be put back into place.

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