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Revisions to Standard RI.01.02.01, EP1

After implementation of The Joint Commission's associated changes to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' (CMS) Interoperability and Patient Access final rule effective June 2020, The Joint Commission revised one of its requirements, RI.01.02.01, EP 1 for critical access hospitals and hospitals, to better reflect CMS's Conditions of Participation.

The EP revisions, effective immediately for deemed hospitals and critical access hospitals and effective April 1, 2022 for non-deemed hospitals, address that notifications go beyond just patient admissions, but also include discharges and transfers. Note 1 for deemed hospitals and critical access hospitals clarifies that patients have the right to determine whether they want this information shared with their primary care providers or provider entities and that organizations need to have a way to inform patients of this automatic notification process. All relevant state or federal laws and regulations related to the privacy of patient information still apply.

Prepublication Standards: Effective immediately for deemed hospitals and critical access hospitals, and effective April 1, 2022 for non-deemed hospitals.