The Joint Commission (TJC) has issued a reminder that several hospital accreditation requirements have been revised, effective January 1, 2009. The changes have been made in order to better comply with the CMS Conditions of Participation as TJC prepares to submit its renewal application for continued hospital deeming authority.
Surveyors will begin looking for compliance with these changes immediately; however, they will not score according to the revised standards until July 1, 2009 to allow hospitals to implement the changes.
A draft of the revised standards can be found here:
Source: The Joint Commission