Joint Commission reduces full survey timeframe from 39 to 36 months

Accreditation Connection, November 19, 2010

The Joint Commission will reduce the timeframe for surveys by three months. This new rule will go into effect January 1, 2011. Previously, hospitals could expect a survey within 18-39 months of The Joint Commission’s previous visit; that time frame will now be between 18-36 months.

The change comes as part of The Joint Commission’s offers to align with CMS requirements; CMS requires home healthcare agencies, advanced diagnostic imaging facilities, and providers of durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthodontics, and supplies to be surveyed within 36 months. The Joint Commission, for consistency’s sake, is making this change across most of its accreditation programs.

Laboratory accreditation surveys will continue to be conducted in a 24-month timeframe as previously conducted. For more information, visit The Joint Commission’s Web site.

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