Now in effect: Revisions to Standard RI.01.02.01
After implementation of The Joint Commission's associated changes to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' (CMS) Interoperability and Patient Access final rule from June 2020, The Joint Commission revised one of its Rights and Responsibilities of the Individual (RI) requirements.
The change — which is now in effect for deemed hospitals and critical access hospitals accredited by The Joint Commission — is at RI.01.02.01, element of performance (EP) 1 to better reflect CMS's Conditions of Participation. The revisions will go into effect for non-deemed hospitals on April 1, 2022.
The revisions address that notifications go beyond just patient admissions and that they also include discharges and transfers. Note 1 for deemed hospitals and critical access hospitals clarifies that patients have the right to determine whether they want this information shared with their primary care providers or provider entities and that organizations need to have a way to inform patients of this automatic notification process. All relevant state or federal laws and regulations related to the privacy of patient information still apply.
View the prepublication standards.