Joint Commission Announces New and Revised Antimicrobial Stewardship Requirements for Ambulatory Care

PUBLISHED: Jun 25, 2019
Relevant to: Ambulatory Care

The Joint Commission (TJC) recently announced new and revised antimicrobial stewardship requirements for accredited ambulatory care organizations; the new requirements are effective January 1, 2020. According to TJC, improving antimicrobial prescribing practices is a patient safety priority. Because of this, TJC has implemented a new standard in their Medication Management (MM) chapter – MM.09.01.03 and 5 new Elements of Performance (Eps) that addresses antimicrobial stewardship in the ambulatory care setting.

According to TJC the areas being addressed by this new standard and EPs include:

  • Identification of a leader for antimicrobial stewardship in ambulatory care.
  • Identification of an annual antimicrobial stewardship goal.
  • Identification and implementation of evidence-based practice guidelines related to the identified antimicrobial stewardship goal.
  • Provision of education for clinical staff
  • Conducting performance improvement activities related to the identified antimicrobial stewardship goal.

StayAlert is currently reviewing this new standard and EPs in detail and will publish additional notices with example polices addressing the new requirements in upcoming weeks.

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