TJC Updates Requirement for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement Advanced Certification

PUBLISHED: Nov 1, 2018
Relevant to: Ambulatory Care, Critical Access Hospitals, Hospitals

In August 2018, The Joint Commission (TJC) announced a new requirement for their advanced certification for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement (THKR), effective January 1, 2019.

Based on feedback from the field, TJC has decided to revise DSPM.4, EP 2 “…to require advanced THKR certified programs to join the American Joint Replacement Registry (AJRR) and to use the data collected from the registry to analyze and improve processes.”

According to TJC, “The revision to DSPM.4, EP 2 aligns with the revised eligibility requirement and is designed to improve the safety and quality of services for patients electing to undergo total joint arthroplasty by selecting AJRR, a robust and well-established national registry to improve processes.”

Included with today’s notice is a link to TJC’s prepublication standard. The revised requirement is still effective January 1, 2019.

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