Joint Commission Eliminates HHA Requirement Giving Patient Written Plan of Care

PUBLISHED: May 4, 2018
Relevant to: Home Health

The Joint Commission (TJC) has announced that, effective April 30, 2018, TJC surveyors will no longer cite deemed Home Health Agencies (HHAs) that fail to give their patients a written plan of care. According to TJC,

“…recent communication from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) [states] that it no longer requires the following in Condition of Participation (CoP) 484.60: “Each patient must receive an individualized written plan of care, including any revisions or additions.”

Because of this communication from CMS, TJC is revising Element of Performance 10 for standard PC.01.03.01 for HHAs that use TJC for deemed status.

This standard requires organizations to plan the patient’s care. TJC has deleted the requirement that a written, individualized plan of care be given to the patient. HHAs should note that they are still required to have a plan of care for their patients – they just no longer are required to give it to their patients.

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