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Joint Commission reduces the number of new and revised requirements to take effect in April

HIM-HIPAA Insider, March 31, 2009

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To maintain deeming authority with CMS, The Joint Commission will implement only 87 changes instead of its originally proposed 165, according to The Joint Commission Web site that was updated on March 26. This reduction in the new and revised requirements comes in light of several discussions with CMS during which CMS decided it considered a number of the requirements equivalent to existing elements of performance or were already addressed in The Joint Commission survey process. The Joint Commission will survey hospitals on these changes April 6 through June 30. As of July 1, noncompliance will affect the accreditation process.

Standards that The Joint Commission either removed or revised as of March 26 include: 

  • IM.02.02.01 (EP 4)
  • RC.01.01.01 (EPs 11 and 18)
  • RC.01.02.01 (EP 4)
  • RC.01.05.01 (EP 1)
  • RC.02.01.01 (EP 2)
  • RC.02.01.03 (EP 15)
  • RC.02.03.07 (EPs 1 and 4)
  • RC.02.04.01 (EP 3)

For more information, visit The Joint Commission Web site.



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