The May 2016 issue of The Joint Commission Perspectives describes an important change in how they are handling preliminary denial of accreditation decisions, or PDA02. This is a particularly good news story, because TJC has found a way to not drive organizations all the way to a review hearing panel, providing they can quickly correct the issues found on survey. In the past a hospital that had a PDA02 decision had to submit their ESC, had to go through an ESC implementation verification survey, and had to then convince the Accreditation Committee not to uphold the PDA decision, and if not successful next go to a review hearing panel in Chicago to plead their case. This has become much simpler and less threatening.
This May 2017 edition of Joint Commission Perspectives is full of important information about changes coming in 2017. The lead article is about an entirely new scoring methodology that will eliminate the A and C elements of performance as well as the direct and indirect categorization of elements of performance. Consultants and some quality staff may shed a tear at the loss of the C elements of performance. If you really understood how to conduct audits, these made for good clarification opportunities and elimination of findings. But farewell to the C elements, it was a good decade. In addition to eliminating the C elements, this also means the Opportunities for Improvement section, or OFI’s will also be gone. Next year any one observation against what used to be a C element of performance will now result in a finding that must be addressed in the ESC.
The lead article in the April issue of The Joint Commission Perspectives lists the top 10 most frequently scored standards by program for all of calendar year 2015. The list is 90% familiar to our readers and as we have mentioned repeatedly in the past, the key to using this data is to assess your own compliance with these thorny issues, and make corrections as necessary. One familiar problematic standard fell off the top 10 listing and that is. While TJC does not indicate how far down it fell, we would assume it has not gone far, as it remains a frequently scored standard that we see in client reports due to the many elements of performance and the need to have well organized testing data about fire suppression systems.