Joint Commission Releases Prepublication Standards for Emergency Management Revisions

PUBLISHED: Nov 1, 2017
Relevant to: Ambulatory Care, Critical Access Hospitals, Home Health, Hospice, Hospitals

In September 2016 the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the final rule on emergency preparedness. In response to this final rule, the Joint Commission (TJC) has updated its Emergency Management (EM) standards.

According to TJC, there are several of new elements of performance that vary slightly by program (accredited deemed hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers, critical access hospitals, home health agencies, hospices). The revised standards address the key elements of the CMS Emergency Management final rule:

  • Emergency Plan
  • Policies and Procedures
  • Communications Plan
  • Training and Testing and
  • Integrated Healthcare

There are additional requirements for hospitals and critical access hospitals:

  • Emergency and standby power systems (hospitals and critical access hospitals)
  • Transplant center (hospitals)

StayAlert! is reviewing the revised TJC Emergency Management standards and will publish additional information in the next several days.

The Joint Commission will begin surveying on their updated Emergency Management requirements on November 15, 2017.

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