Approved: Revised requirements for critical access hospitals to align with CMS final rule
The Joint Commission has revised several elements of performance (EPs) for critical access hospitals to align with the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Conditions of Participation (CoPs) published in the Federal Register on Nov. 23, 2022.
The revisions primarily address the areas of restraint and seclusion, the complaint process, and unified and integrated structures for critical access hospitals that are part of a multihospital system. These changes are effective June 1, 2023, and they will be published with the August 2023 standards release.
Until the changes are incorporated into Joint Commission technology, findings related to the new and revised EPs, along with the applicable CoP requirements, will be scored at Leadership (LD) Standard LD.04.01.01, EP 2. This scoring process will continue until Aug. 27, 2023.
View the prepublication standards. The revised requirements will be published in the August 2023 E-dition® update to the Comprehensive Accreditation Manual for Critical Access Hospitals (CAMCAH).