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Update your SOCs for off-campus buildings as TJC targets business occupancies

Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, July 8, 2021

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by A.J. Plunkett (aplunkett@decisionhealth.com)

Be sure your facility electronic Statement of Conditions™ (eSOC) and Basic Building Information (eBBI) are up to date with accurate business occupancy information. Expect life safety (LS) surveyors to start inspecting many of your off-campus sites now that The Joint Commission (TJC) has a new LS section on business occupancies.

Starting with LS.01.05.10, the five new standards, with a total of 28 elements of performance (EP), were announced earlier this year and came into effect on July 1. However, TJC officials have been warning for years, including at last fall’s national American Society for Health Care Engineering (ASHE) conference, that it was going to be adding days to the LS survey so surveyors could do inspections at business occupancies with healthcare components.

That could include such off-campus sites as ambulatory care clinics or buildings with physician offices that are included under the hospital Medicare certification number. It may also include any central utility plants shared by healthcare facilities and other buildings.

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