R3 Report Issue 39: New and Revised Emergency Management Standards for Ambulatory Care Programs
New and Revised Emergency Management Standards for Ambulatory Care Programs
Effective July 1, 2024, new and revised emergency management requirements will apply to all Joint Commission–accredited ambulatory care organizations. The Joint Commission began conducting a critical analysis of its “Emergency Management” (EM) chapter in late 2019. During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, The Joint Commission received numerous inquiries pertaining to emergency plans and response procedures. Based on the work already being performed on the EM chapter and the questions and issues that arose during the pandemic, the entire EM chapter has been restructured to provide a meaningful framework for a successful emergency management program. The changes in the EM chapter include a new numbering system, elimination of redundant requirements, and the addition of new requirements. This restructuring resulted in a reduction in the number of elements of performance (EPs) by over 40% in the Ambulatory Care Accreditation Program (AHC).
The prepublication version of the EM requirements will be available online until June 30, 2024. After July 1, 2024, please access the new requirements in the E-dition or standards manual.