Effective immediately: Medical Staff standard revisions for hospitals, critical access hospitals
Effective immediately but not appearing in E-dition or the hard copy accreditation manuals until the spring updates, The Joint Commission is revising its Medical Staff (MS) requirements for hospitals and critical access hospitals. The revisions are for:
- MS.01.01.01, element of performance (EP) 3, which was deleted as it is informational only and noncompliance with the EP would be scored at an appropriate EP that follows in this standard.
- MS.06.01.05, EP 11, which is being revised to allow the time period for acting on completed applications to be addressed in medical staff bylaws, rules and regulations, or policies and procedures.
- MS.13.01.01, EP 1, which is being revised to allow hospitals to credential and privilege licensed independent practitioners providing telemedicine through either the hospital’s own credentialing information or the credentialing and privileging information or decision of a distant site that is either Joint Commission-accredited or a Medicare-participating organization.