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Jan. 10, 2018

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Quality and safety


New recommendations from third expert panel on suicide prevention in health care settings

The Joint Commission has assembled four expert panels to provide guidance to customers and surveyors on safeguards to prevent suicide.


Accreditation and Certification


New requirements, R3 Report for maternal status assessment, documentation for hospitals, CAHs

Three new requirements regarding maternal status assessment and documentation will become effective July 1, 2018, for Joint Commission-accredited hospitals and critical access hospitals that offer obstetric services — specifically labor and delivery.


Effective Jan. 13: Updated requirements for deemed status home health agencies

Beginning Jan. 13, The Joint Commission will survey deemed status home health agencies to updated home health regulatory requirements. This is in response to revisions to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Conditions of Participation (CoPs) for home health.




Joint Commission announces Drs. Pollak, Bland as new medical directors

Edward Pollak, MD, and Andrew C. Bland, MD, MBA, FAAP, FACP, have been named as The Joint Commission’s new medical directors. Pollak will serve as medical director and patient safety officer in the Division of Healthcare Improvement, while Bland will serve as medical director in the Division of Healthcare Quality Evaluation. Both appointments were effective Jan. 2.




Coming this spring: New-look Joint Commission websites

Users of The Joint Commission’s websites, which include the Center for Transforming Healthcare, Joint Commission Resources and Joint Commission International — can expect to see big changes in the coming months. A redesign of the websites is expected to be unveiled by April.


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