Joint Commission Revised Emergency Management Standards for Ambulatory Care

PUBLISHED: Nov 7, 2017
Relevant to: Ambulatory Care

The Joint Commission (TJC) has created 29 new or revised Emergency Management (EM) requirements for their deemed Ambulatory accreditation program in response to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' (CMS) final rule on emergency preparedness issued in September 2016. TJC will begin surveying these new requirements on November 15, 2017.

Links to the prepublication standards are provided in the Resourse section below. In summary, Ambulatory Care facilities must ensure the following:

  • There is an Emergency Management Plan that is reviewed and updated annually, addresses the specific community-based risks to the organization, includes a Continuity of Operations strategy.
  • The Emergency Management Plan includes a communications plan that addresses communication with patients, staff, family and community responders.
  • There are policies and procedures that addresses, among other requirements and evacuation of patients.

Follow the link below to review all of the new and revised requirements. Included with today’s notice are example policies related to these new requirements.

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