The lead article this month details the recently published CMS requirements for emergency management standards. Specifically, the Joint Commission’s new elements of performance required to follow those requirements.
These new EP’s are available from the home screen of your hospital’s secure Joint Commission’s extranet. Unfortunately, the normal prepublication route wasn’t followed. So, the EP’s are still considered a draft because they are not yet approved by CMS.
In addition, the implementation date is November 15, 2017. It’s less than one month away. These changes will require modifications to your emergency operations plan documents. So assuming approval will take place you should make those edits now. This will ensure you don’t get surprised on a survey after November 15.