Effective January 2022: New water management requirements
A new standard on water management programs that addresses Legionella and other waterborne pathogens will be effective for Joint Commission-accredited nursing care centers on Jan. 1, 2022.
Currently, Environment of Care (EC) Standard EC.02.05.01, element of performance (EP) 6 for nursing care centers requires organizations to minimize pathogenic biological agents in cooling towers, domestic hot- and cold-water systems, and other aerosolizing water systems. This EP will continue to be scored until Dec. 31, 2021, and will then be deleted. The Joint Commission will be providing additional guidance and education later this year.
View the prepublication standards.