Chuck Mowll, Executive Vice President of Business Development and Government and External Relations, has announced that The Joint Commissioner's (TJC) Board of Commissioners has approved the Task Force revision of MS.01.01.01 (formerly MS.1.20) for implementation.
MS.01.01.01 will be effective beginning March 31, 2011. TJC will be releasing educational documents in the next few days to help facilities understand the standard and how to implement it. There are also plans to hold an audioconference in April, which will allow participants to ask TJC staff specific implementation questions.
Mr. Mowll reported mostly positive feedback from TJC's field review, which ended earlier this year. 66 percent of respondents thought that the Task Force's revision was a positive improvement, 4 percent thought it was worse, and the remaining respondents wanted more clarification.
NAMSS thanks Task Force representative and Past President Carol Ostermann for representing the views of MSPs in order to achieve a better version of this standard, as well as all members who participated in the various field reviews. NAMSS will also be providing education on MS.01.01.01 in addition to the offerings from TJC. These will be posted on the NAMSS homepage at http://www.namss.org/ as they become available.
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