Joint Commission opens proposed version of MS.01.01.01 (formerly MS.1.20) for comment

Accreditation Connection, December 28, 2009

The Joint Commission has released a proposed version of medical staff standard MS.01.01.01 (formerly MS.1.20) and is seeking comment on the proposed version until January 28.

The Joint Commission convened a task force beginning in January 2008 after it received negative feedback from hospitals and physicians about the proposed standard. The task force consisted of professionals from the American College of Physicians, American College of Surgeons, American Dental Association, American Hospital Association, American Medical Association, Federation of American Hospitals, and National Association Medical Staff Services.

The updated MS.01.01.01 attempts to improve the current standard using the following principles (according to The Joint Commission):

  • A well-functioning relationship between the governing body, hospital leadership, and the medical staff is essential to the delivery of high quality, safe care
  • Effective communication is the lubricant that keeps relationships functioning well; it therefore is important that structures and processes support it
  • Well-functioning relationships also depend on all parties knowing what is expected of them, and being able to live up to those expectations

To read more on the proposed changes click here.

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