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Proposed Revisions to the Infection Prevention and Control (IC) Chapter Requirements for the Home Care Program

The Joint Commission is proposing revisions to the “Infection Prevention and Control” (IC) chapter requirements for the Home Care Accreditation Program. The IC chapter underwent a full revision and will replace current IC chapter requirements.

The revised requirements focus on the structures that are essential to support quality and safety and identify a framework for a strong infection prevention and control program, while aligning requirements more closely to law and regulation, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Conditions of Participation (CoPs), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Core Infection Prevention and Control Practices for Safe Healthcare Delivery in All Settings.

Note: Specific infection prevention and control practices, such as hand hygiene and environmental cleaning and disinfection, are not detailed in the revised IC requirements. At a later date, accredited home care organizations will receive access to a new Infection Prevention and Control Program Assessment Tool that will outline specific activities and processes needed to meet the IC requirements.

Step 1: Read the Proposed Standards

Note: Prior to submitting your comments, download and review the document(s).
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Step 2: Review Standard Applicability for Services in the Home Care Program

Step 3: Provide Your Comments

Tell us what you think. Please submit your comments on the proposed requirements focused on infection control via the online survey, which will take approximately 30-35 minutes to complete.

Review and comment

https://jointcommission.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cImyptDs3aEkh2S

If you are unable to complete this survey in one sitting, the survey tool will automatically save your responses. The survey must be started and completed using the same computer.

Comments will be gathered for six weeks beginning on January 10, 2024, and ending February 21, 2024.

Questions?

Natalya Rosenberg, PhD, RN
Project Director, Department of Standards and Survey Methods