Quality & Patient Safety

Increased documentation added to 2009 NPSGs

Patient Safety Monitor, September 1, 2008

With the release of the 2009 National Patient Safety Goals (NPSG) came some cumbersome documentation requirements. The Joint Commission has modified several of its NPSGs to include more language about documentation, including: Goal #8, concerning medication reconciliation Goal #13, concerning patient involvement The Universal Protocol During the July 18 HCPro audioconference "2009 National Patient Safety Goals: Expert Analysis and Advice for Compliance," Bud Pate, REHS, vice president of The Greeley Company, a division of HCPro, Inc., in Marblehead, MA, and Kurt Patton, former Joint Commission executive director of accreditation services and principal of Patton Healthcare Consulting, LLC, in Glendale, AZ, discussed these requirements and the rest of the 2009 NPSGs.

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