Joint Commission Patient Safety Systems Chapter

PUBLISHED: Jan 23, 2018
Relevant to: Ambulatory Care, Behavioral Health, Clinical Lab, Community Mental Health Centers, Critical Access Hospitals, Dialysis Facilities, Home Health, Hospice, Hospitals, Long Term Care, Medical Office, Pharmacy

The new Joint Commission (TJC) Patient Safety Systems (PS) Chapter is now available for all TJC accreditation programs. For the Behavioral Health Care Accreditation program, the chapter is called Safety Systems for Individuals Services (SSIS).

This new Chapter, which TJC is calling PS/SSIS, does not have new standards. Rather it describes how current TJC requirements can be used and applied to more effectively improve safety. According to TJC, the intention is to facilitate understanding among health care workers of the relationship between TJC accreditation and safety.

There are three guiding principles for the new PS chapter:

  • Align existing TJC standards with daily work operations so that patients and staff across the organization are engaged in reducing harm
  • Provide recommendations that will improve quality and safety processes by assisting organizations to advance knowledge, skills and competence of staff and patients.
  • Encourage proactive quality and patient safety methods that will increase accountability, trust and knowledge while also reducing the impact of fear and blame.

There are two guiding principles for the new SSIS chapter:

  • Recommend methods for improving quality and safety processes Assist behavioral health care organizations with advancing knowledge, skills, and competence of staff and individuals served by recommending methods that will improve quality and safety processes.
  • Encouraging and recommending proactive quality and safety methods for the individuals served that will increase accountability, trust, and knowledge while reducing the impact of fear and blame.

The new Chapter is available for each accreditation program on TJC’s website. Follow the link below for additional information.

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