R3 Report Issue 40: New and Revised Emergency Management Standards for Office-Based Surgery Programs
New and Revised Emergency Management Standards for Office-Based Surgery Programs
Effective July 1, 2024, new and revised emergency management requirements will apply to all Joint Commission–accredited office-based surgery practices. 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 seven new and six revised elements of performance (EPs).
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.