2009 scoring changes: A look at clarifications, thresholds, and more

Accreditation Connection, October 3, 2008

The Joint Commission in August announced a new scoring system for its hospital accreditation surveys. The new system goes into effect January 1, 2009, and brings with it several concerns in the field.

The biggest concern we ought to have right now is what’s going to happen with thresholds, says Kurt Patton, MS, RPh, principal of Patton Healthcare Consulting, LLC, in Glendale, AZ, and a consultant for The Greeley Company, a division of HCPro, Inc., in Marblehead, MA.

“If you think of going from 1,200 to 1,700 elements of performance [EP], that adds a lot of other things that can be scored,” Patton says. “Given what we are hearing from The Joint Commission, it sounds like they’re going to make you respond to all partially compliant EPs. How does that factor into the thresholds? Last year, [partially compliant EPs] would’ve been out of the threshold count, and this year, it looks like they’ll be in.”

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