TJC New and Revised Pain Assessment Standards in Home Health, Effective July 1, 2019

PUBLISHED: Jan 31, 2019
Relevant to: Home Health

The Joint Commission (TJC) recently released new and revised pain assessment and management standards for Home Health that are effective July 1, 2019. New and revised requirements include:

  • Requiring the Home Health organization to ensure that staff and licensed independent practitioners have educational resources to improve pain assessment and pain management including the safe use of opioid medications (LD.04.03.13, EP 3)
  • Requiring the Home Health organization to have defined, standardized criteria to screen, assess, and reassess pain in a manner that is consistent with the patient’s age, condition, and ability to understand. (PC.01.02.07, EP 1)
  • Requiring the Home Health organization to treat the patient’s pain through nonpharmacologic and/or pharmacologic interventions or to refer the patient for treatment. (PC.01.02.07, EP 3)
  • Requiring the Home Health organization to develop a pain treatment plan when warranted. The plan should incorporate evidence-based practices and the patient’s clinical condition, past medical history, and pain management goals. (PC.01.02.07, EP 4)
  • Requiring the Home Health organization to include patients in the pain management treatment planning process. (PC.01.02.07, EP 5)
  • Requiring the Home Health organization to reassess and respond to the patients plain by evaluating and documenting the patient’s response to pain, progress towards pain management goals, treatment side effects. (PC.01.02.07, EP 7)
  • Requiring the Home Health organization to educate the patient and family on safe use, storage, and disposal of opioids when prescribed. (PC. 01.02.07, EP 8)

Included with today’s notice are example policies related to these new and updated requirements.

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