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Editors Exclusives September 2023

The Joint Commission eliminates additional 200 standards across all accreditation programs


Effective Aug. 27, The Joint Commission eliminated and consolidated a second tranche of standards, following the first major reduction announced late last year. The more than 200 eliminated and consolidated standards will streamline requirements and make them as efficient and impactful on patient safety and quality as possible. The second phase of this project includes a focus on The Joint Commission’s other accreditation programs in addition to the Hospital Accreditation Program. 

Effective Aug. 27: CAH revisions resulting from CMS review of deeming renewal

Joint Commission no longer evaluating compliance with COVID-19 vaccination requirement

Effective Jan. 1, 2024: THKR performance measure revised to align with CMS

Update: Reporting Perinatal Care measure to be optional for hospitals starting in 2024

Just launched: Memory Care Certification for Assisted Living Communities

NQF joins Joint Commission enterprise as affiliate


New releases


New Sentinel Event Alert focuses on preserving patient safety after cyberattack

The number of cyberattacks and information system breaches in healthcare has grown steadily, escalating from isolated incidents to widespread targeted and malicious attacks. A new Sentinel Event Alert focuses on risks associated with cyberattacks and provides recommendations on how healthcare organizations can prepare to deliver safe patient care in the event of a cyberattack. 

New Case Example focuses on medication reconciliation

August Journal: Study identifies characteristics associated with high fidelity during patient handoffs

New resources available in Health Care Equity accreditation, certification resource centers

New guide from JCR helps staff understand how to provide sensitive care for diverse patient populations 

New book from JCR offers guide to reprocessing reusable medical devices

Best of the blogs


Addressing Social Determinants of Health in Emergency Departments

NewYork-Presbyterian recently launched a social determinants of health (SDoH) screening initiative across seven emergency departments with the goal of identifying and addressing underlying social needs in the communities it serves, along with improving health care equity. 

Collaboration: Engaging Patients and Communities to Advance Health Care Equity

Media wrap-up 


Focusing the Climate Lens on Healthcare | Healthcare Executive Magazine

Intimate Partner Violence | American Nurse

Developing Infection Prevention and Control Processes, Policies and Procedures: Use of Evidence-Based Guidelines | OR Today

Joint Commission Issues Guidelines for Dealing With a Cyberattack | HealthLeaders Media

Most Hospitals Fail to Tackle Physician Burnout Comprehensively | AMA News Wire

Addressing Challenges in Morbidity and Mortality in Pregnant and Postpartum Patients | Becker’s Healthcare Podcast

Joint Commission Launches Memory Care Certificate for Assisted Living Facilities | Becker’s Hospital Review