Quality Assessment and Performance Improvement (QAPI) Revisions for Critical Access Hospitals

On Sept. 30, 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued its Burden Reduction final rule. The final rule included several changes that have already gone into effect in Joint Commission standards. The final set of changes is effective March 30, 2021, which relates to new quality assessment and performance improvement (QAPI) requirements for critical access hospitals (CAHs). The Joint Commission revised its CAH standards to address the final rule QAPI changes. The changes will be published with the July 1, 2021 standards release.

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Prepublication Standards: Effective March 30, 2021