New Interoperability and Patient Access Requirements for Hospital and Critical Access Hospitals

On May 1, 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published to the Federal Register an Interoperability and Patient Access final rule which applies to hospitals, psychiatric hospitals, and critical access hospitals. In response to this final rule, The Joint Commission has created new requirements which will be effective on May 1, 2021. The changes will be published with the July 1, 2021 standards release.

Additional Revision to EP 5 – Updated April 20, 2021

A revision has been made to one of the elements of performance (EP) to more clearly address the providers and entities that need to be notified of admission, discharge, or transfer. This revision is also effective May, 1 2021 and will be published with the January 1, 2022 standards release.

Prepublication Standards – Effective May 1, 2020