Joint Commission Seeks Comments on Processes for Tests and Diagnostic Procedure Follow-up

PUBLISHED: Nov 9, 2018
Relevant to: Ambulatory Care, Clinical Lab, Critical Access Hospitals, Hospitals, Medical Office, Rural Health Clinics

The Joint Commission (TJC) is examining current best practices on test result reporting and follow-up after discharge and is seeking comments on processes that organizations have established to ensure timely reporting and follow-up for test results that may impact patient care decision making.

According to TJC, while they currently have a National Patient Safety Goal (NPSG) that addresses effective communication and specifically the timely reporting of critical results of tests and diagnostic procedures, they are now looking beyond just the reporting of critical results. To that end, TJC is seeking comments from stakeholders on how to manage communication to ensure timely follow-up for all test results – including those that may not be critical but could result in different patient diagnosis after discharge.

TJC is accepting comments through December 15, 2018.

Follow the link below for additional information and for comment submission instructions.

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