The Joint Commission suspends 'automatic' sentinel event adverse decision

Accreditation Connection, May 17, 2010

The Joint Commission has suspended the policy that triggers an "automatic" adverse decision if an organization fails to complete a root cause analysis in response to a sentinel event within a specific time. The Joint Commission hopes this will encourage transparency and self-reporting of adverse events.

This change—made active as of January 1, 2010 for all accreditation and certification programs—states that if an organization makes measurable and observable efforts to prevent a reoccurrence, the Joint Commission will consider these efforts before changing the accreditation status.

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