Joint Commission Releases New Prepublication Standards for Cardiac Centers and Home Health Agencies

PUBLISHED: Sep 25, 2018
Relevant to: Critical Access Hospitals, Home Health, Hospitals

The Joint Commission (TJC) has released two new prepublications standards for comprehensive cardiac centers and home health agencies. According to TJC, the changes are a result of a series of communications between The Joint Commission and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Changes in the prepublication standards include:

Comprehensive Cardiac Centers:

  • TJC has partnered with American Heart Association
  • Areas revised/strengthened:
    • Collaborative model of care and continuous quality improvement (see CCCM.4, CCCM.5, and CCCPI.1)
    • Population health needs, including community education (see CCCM.10)
    • Other existing requirements were revised for clarity
  • Effective January 1, 2019

Home Health Agencies:

  • Standard PC.01.03.01, EP 10 will no longer require organizations to provide patients a written individualized plan of care.
    • Note: While no longer a requirement, providing the patient with a written individualized plan of care can still be considered best practice and is one strategy for including patients in their own care and treatment.
  • Standard PC.01.03.01, EP 10 will require both the organization and the patient to identify measurable outcomes and goals for the plan of care.
  • Effective January 1, 2019

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