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Impact of COVID-19

Read what other professionals like you are saying about how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected their hospitals.

New Protocols for On-site Surveys 

Prior to scheduling, The Joint Commission is first taking into account the number of COVID-19 cases by county. For areas deemed appropriate for an on-site survey, surveyors are required to wear a face covering throughout the survey and practice appropriate physical distancing.

Surveyors will not be permitted to travel if they display symptoms or report close contact with anyone with COVID-19.  On-site, surveyors will not enter areas with  COVID-19 positive patients and will observe from a distance or remotely.

Virtual Survey Process

If an on-site is not possible, we will consider a virtual survey for hospitals achieving accreditation for the first time (initial surveys). This is typically a four-day process conducted via Zoom that includes interviews with staff and patients, observations of key care processes and a facility review. A follow-up on-site event will be conducted once the public health emergency has ended.

Infection Control Focus

Through dedicated infection control standards and expert surveyors well-versed in the CDC recommendations, we will model the correct implementation of infection prevention and control strategies to educate and support the hospitals we survey.

Timely Resources

Here we have gathered some key resources to help hospitals address patient safety and quality challenges accelerated due to COVID-19 such as infection prevention and control, and emergency management.

Additional Resources and Tools from JCR

Joint Commission Resources® (JCR®) offers a vast portfolio of virtually-delivered tools and resources to help you get and stay survey ready, address specific quality challenges or respond and recover during these unsettling times. Explore JCR’s latest educational programs or our innovative e-products including Tracers with AMP® that can help quality-focused leaders more effectively identify risk, implement and monitor improvements by streamlining data collection and reporting.

Contact Us

Have questions? Currently accredited organizations or recent applicants should contact their account executive for more information. If you’re new to the accreditation process, submit your question and our friendly staff will reach out.