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BHC News - Issue 1, 2018

BHC News is published by The Joint Commission’s Department of Communications.




Effective July 1, 2018: Additional revised standards to LS chapter of BHC Accreditation program

The Joint Commission revised additional standards of the Life Safety (LS) chapter applicable to residential behavioral health care facilities as part of its Behavioral Health Care Accreditation program. The revised standards are LS.04.01.20 through LS.04.02.50, and they are effective July 1, 2018.


SSIS chapter now available for BHC Accreditation program

The Safety Systems for Individuals Served (SSIS) chapter of the accreditation manual for the Behavioral Health Care Accreditation program is now available on The Joint Commission’s website. The chapter is also in the program’s 2018 Comprehensive Accreditation Manual.


New accreditation reports to be more user-friendly

In response to customer feedback, The Joint Commission redesigned its accreditation reports to be more user-friendly. The new survey report format is now in effect for all surveys.


Patient safety


Suicide prevention recommendations for non-hospital behavioral health care settings

New recommendations to prevent suicide in non-hospital behavioral health care settings have resulted from the third of four expert panels assembled by The Joint Commission to provide guidance to customers and surveyors.


HHS Office for Civil Rights clarifies HIPAA rules regarding opioid events

Last year, the Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) clarified how health care providers can share health information with a patient’s family members during a crisis situation — including an opioid overdose — without violating the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) privacy regulations.




Reference tables available on extranet comparing CMS, current Joint Commission EM standards

The Joint Commission has developed a set of three reference tables for Behavioral Health Care-accredited organizations to view the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Emergency Management (EM) requirements implemented Nov. 15, 2017, alongside current Joint Commission standards and elements of performance.