Accreditation

Joint Commission announces revisions to medication reconciliation goal

Accreditation Connection, December 17, 2010

Medication reconciliation has received a facelift: revisions to the medication reconciliation National Patient Safety Goal (NPSG) have been approved for implementation as of July 1, 2011. The Goal, NPSG.03.06.01 (formerly NPSG.08.01.01) has been altered based on feedback The Joint Commission has gathered that indicated the Goal was too prescriptive and detailed to be implemented effectively.

The changes affect the ambulatory, behavioral health care, critical access hospital, home care, hospital, long term care, and office-based surgery accreditation programs.

Intent to update or improve medication reconciliation requirements began at the beginning of 2009, when The Joint Commission announced it would begin an analysis and review of the NPSG, and would not include medication reconciliation findings into survey results.

Medication reconciliation remains under the National Patient Safety Goal chapter of the Comprehensive Accreditation Manual, but has been moved under a new number (NPSG.03.06.01).

For more information, visit The Joint Commission’s Web site.

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