The Joint Commission announces second wave of standards reductions, revisions
The second phase of a project reviewing requirements that are above and beyond the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Conditions of Participation (CoPs) has resulted in further reductions and revisions for The Joint Commission’s Home Care Accreditation program. These changes will go into effect on Aug. 27.
The review included elements of performance (EPs) that met the following criteria:
- The EP does not support a CMS CoP or state regulation.
- The EP has been in effect for at least three years.
- The EP has been scored five times or less during full triennial surveys between 2017 and 2019 (the three years prior to the COVID-19 public health emergency).
For the Home Care program, a total of 67 EPs were in scope and 24 were deleted or consolidated — resulting in a 36% reduction of EPs.
The Joint Commission began this project by reviewing its hospital accreditation requirements in 2022 and reduced the requirements for that program, as well as related requirements across its accreditation programs. The continued work on this initiative will further help healthcare organizations address the many challenges they face by eliminating requirements that do not add value to accreditation surveys so that the organizations and surveyors can focus on strategies and structures that support quality and safety.
View the prepublication standards.