Corporate Compliance

Tip: When to use temporary privileges

Compliance Monitor, September 19, 2007

The Joint Commission clearly defines and limits the following two situations in which temporary privileges may be granted:

  • To fulfill an important patient care, treatment, or service need
  • When a new applicant with a complete application that raises no concerns awaits review of and approval of the medical staff executive committee and governing body

Temporary privileges for fulfillment of an important patient care need are time-limited and defined in the medical staff bylaws. Verification of current licensure and current competence are required.

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