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Editors' Exclusives July 2023

Top 5 most challenging requirements for 2022

Here are the Top 5 Joint Commission requirements and corresponding elements of performance (EPs) identified most frequently as “not compliant” during surveys and reviews from Jan. 1-Dec. 31, 2022.

Coming soon: Revisions to CAH requirements to align with CMS final rule

Update: Requirement for addressing ethical issues


New releases

Journal study: Quality initiative reduces unnecessary IV antihypertensive use for patients with severely elevated blood pressure
A new study in the June/July 2023 issue of The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety details a quality initiative launched at New York City Health + Hospitals to reduce unnecessary intravenous (IV) antihypertensive use to treat severely elevated blood pressure (e.g., asymptomatic severe hypertension, also known as hypertensive urgency). 

Now available: New gap analysis tool in Health Care Equity Accreditation Standards and Resource Center


Best of the blogs

Newsweek’s Top Nursing Homes List Uses Joint Commission Accreditation in Scoring Methodology
When Newsweek published its list of the best nursing homes earlier this year, it included a new metric with which the news organization calculated rankings — a score for facilities that are accredited by The Joint Commission.


Trending on social

May 4, 2023: The Joint Commission launched its Health Care Equity Certification Resource Center, which provides practical strategies for organizations pursuing Health Care Equity Certification to help them meet the requirements and elements of performance (EPs). Access the resource center at


Media wrap-up 

Dr. Perlin Leads The Joint Commission to Take on the Biggest Issues in Healthcare | What’s Your Moonshot podcast

Joint Commission Enterprise President and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Jonathan B. Perlin on June 21 | Rural Health Matters broadcast

Planetary Health Leaders | See You Now podcast

55 Patient Safety Experts to Know | Becker’s Hospital Review

3 Preop Safety Errors Risking Wrong Site Surgery (and How to Empower Improvement) | Periop Today

Can Hospitals Turn Into Climate Change Fighting Machines? | Politico 

Hospital Operational Changes Underway as Health Equity Becomes One of The Joint Commission’s National Patient Safety Goals | Healthcare Financial Management Association

The Joint Commission, National Quality Forum Now Accepting Applications for Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Awards | Associated Press

USP Countdown: Where Are You With Less Than Five Months to Go? | Pharmacy Practice News


Multimedia feature

New Speak Up™ campaign focuses on patients’ mental health
The newest patient safety campaign from The Joint Commission is designed to educate patients on how to advocate for themselves and their mental health. Mental health is just as important as someone’s physical health. Depression and other mental health issues are common, and like physical illnesses they need to be treated.