The May issue of The Joint Commission Perspectives is voluminous, totaling 28 pages. The lead article this month is about the deletion of elements of performance from the non-hospital accreditation programs. The deletion in the other programs mirrors and evaluates the deletions discussed in the hospital program in 2016. There are also thirteen pages of listed elements of performance.
We encourage readers to review the key at the bottom of each page, which advises where each EP has gone if it is gone. Some deleted EP’s are actually subsumed by another EP, some are addressed by external requirements, and some are considered part of routine operations or clinical processes. That means some of these are “gone, but not forgotten.” So, before you stop something you have been doing for years, consider if you were only doing it for TJC purposes, or was it valuable and you should continue to do it, and does the state or other regulations still require the process. All of these changes in your manuals will be published in the July update to the E- edition. Another article in Perspectives indicates that the July update should be online sometime in May.
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