Accreditation

Revised standards designed to align with CMS

Briefings on Accreditation and Quality, September 1, 2007

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The Joint Commission recently announced revisions to four accreditation standards that hospitals are expected to comply with immediately-three of which directly align with recent CMS revisions to the hospital Conditions of Participation. Among the affected standards are restraint and seclusion; procurement and donation of organs and other tissues; time frames for history and physical (H&P) exams; and emergency management standards. "These changes are having a lot of impact across the country as facilities face the survey process," said Bud Pate, REHS, practice director of clinical operations and improvement and director of West Coast operations for The Greeley Company, a division of HCPro, Inc., in Marblehead, MA, the publisher of this newsletter. Pate spoke during the recent HCPro audioconference "Comply with Revised Joint Commission Standards to Align with CMS: Immediate changes to affect restraint, seclusion, H&Ps, and emergency management."

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