4 Recent Changes to Joint Commission's Comprehensive Accreditation Manual for Ambulatory Care

Here are four recent changes to The Joint Commission's Comprehensive Accreditation Manual for Ambulatory Care.

In March, The Joint Commission updated several changes to the manual, including several minor editorial changes and other major changes to requirements for accreditation, policies, procedures and other aspects of care. The major changes include:

1.    A new "Infection Prevention and Control" Standard (IC.02.04.01) regarding influenza vaccination, effective July 1.
2.    New elements of performance in the "Environment of Care" and "Provision of Care, Treatment, and Services" chapters that align with legislative requirements issued in California for healthcare organizations that perform CT scans, effective July 1

 

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3.    The number of days that an organization can identify as "avoid dates" for an unannounced survey has been increased from 10 to 15 in "The Accreditation Process" chapter, effective July 1.
4.    The Accreditation Process chapter was updated to also indicate an organization must notify The Joint Commission if it offers at least 50 percent (previously 25 percent) of its services at a new location or in an altered physical plant, effective July 1.

To view a detailed table of those changes, click here.

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