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Revisions to Eliminate the Use of “Licensed Independent Practitioner” Terminology

Effective February 19, 2023, The Joint Commission has revised the hospital and critical access hospital programs to eliminate the use of the term “licensed independent practitioner.” The revisions are consistent with current terminology used by The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) Conditions of Participation (CoPs). The updated terminology better reflects the full scope of practice of licensed practitioners allowed by their license and permitted by state and federal law and regulation while keeping the intent of the requirement.

Because of these revisions, The Joint Commission has also updated the following glossary terms:

  • Staff (revised)
  • Clinical staff (revised)
  • Physician (revised)
  • Practitioner (replacing with licensed practitioner)
  • Licensed independent practitioner (deleted)
  • Provider (new)

In addition, The Joint Commission has made minor editorial changes to other glossary definitions where the revised terms listed above are used.

Prepublication Standards:

Prepublication Standards: Effective February 19, 2023