Joint Commission Revises Standards that Address Medication Management Maintenance, Effective January 1, 2018

PUBLISHED: Aug 1, 2017
Relevant to: Ambulatory Care, Behavioral Health, Community Mental Health Centers, Critical Access Hospitals, Dialysis Facilities, Home Health, Hospice, Hospitals, Long Term Care, Medical Office

The Joint Commission (TJC) recently issued revisions to its Medication Management standards so that they better reflect evidence-based practices and address quality and safety issues. During their review, TJC determined that revisions were necessary in other standard chapters as they relate to medication management (Environment of Care, Record of Care, Treatment and Services).

Today’s notice reviews standard EC.02.05.03, Elements of Performance (EPs) 14 and 15 which are effective January 1, 2018 and are applicable to the following TJC accreditation programs:

  • Ambulatory Health Care
  • Behavioral Health Care
  • Critical Access Hospitals
  • Hospital
  • Nursing Care Centers
  • Office-based Surgery
  • Home Care

Standard EC.02.05.03, Elements of Performance (EPs) 14 and 15 require organizations to ensure they have emergency backup for essential medication dispensing equipment and emergency backup refrigeration for medications requiring refrigeration or freezing.

Written organizational policies addressing these emergency backup requirements should include:

  • An inventory of the equipment
  • Description of the emergency backup (i.e., emergency power, battery-based indoor generators, etc.)

Included with today’s notice are example policies that address these emergency backup requirements.

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