New Suicide Prevention NPSG for Critical Access Hospitals

Effective July 1, 2020, National Patient Safety Goal (NPSG) 15.01.01 will be applicable to Joint Commission–accredited critical access hospitals. The NPSG has been in effect since 2007 for the Hospital and Behavioral Health Care programs and was significantly revised during 2019 following five technical expert panel meetings. Because there has been no improvement in suicide rates across the United States, including rural communities, The Joint Commission determined that this NPSG should also be made applicable to critical access hospitals.

Prepublication Standards - Effective July 1, 2020

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