Applicability of MM.04.01.01 to the Office-Based Surgery

Effective July 1, 2021, The Joint Commission approved four new elements of performance (EPs) to address medication orders for office-based surgery (OBS) practices that prescribe medications. The EPs align with requirements within the other accredited programs providing the same level of care and address the following:

  • Following a written policy that identifies the specific types of medication orders deemed acceptable for use
  • Following a written policy that defines specific components of a medication order
  • Using current evidence and practice if preprinted medication order sheets are used
  • Prohibiting summary (blanket) orders to resume previous medications.

Prepublication Standards:

Prepublication Standards - Effective July 1, 2021