Joint Commission extends suspension of regular surveys until end of May
Due to the continued spread of COVID-19, The Joint Commission announced earlier this month that all regular surveys and reviews will remain on hold until the end of May. The Joint Commission made this determination after information from federal and state governments indicated that social distancing recommendations and stay-at-home orders will be in effect for longer than originally anticipated.
All postponed survey events will occur once normal operations are resumed. If any organizations go past their accreditation due date, accreditation will be extended without disruption to their accreditation status. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has assured that Medicare payment status will not be affected.
The Joint Commission is continuing to redirect its resources to best assist organizations during this everchanging and stressful time. Organizations may be contacted virtually by a Joint Commission surveyor in the coming weeks who can provide support. Other available resources include:
- The Standards Interpretation Group (SIG), which is available to answer questions about Joint Commission recommendations and requirements. SIG also has been answering the most frequent questions related COVID-19 daily on The Joint Commission’s social media platforms.
- Webinars on preparing for the impact of COVID 19. Last week, The Joint Commission presented a webinar on managing the COVID-19 threat in the behavioral health care setting and nursing care centers. Future webinars also will focus on preventing the spread of coronavirus in hospitals and ambulatory health care settings.
- A coronavirus resource portal provides current guidance and recommendations for staff as they engage in the frontlines of this pandemic.
- A public statement supporting the use of masks brought from home, along with additional guidance for keeping health care workers safe when personal protective equipment is in short supply.
The Joint Commission hopes these resources are helpful as organizations and their staff continue to develop their response to COVID-19. Organizations can contact their account executive to get connected to these resources and answers to questions.