The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has approved The Joint Commission’s updated emergency management standards, which were created in response to the CMS final rule on emergency preparedness. According to The Joint Commission, the most significant changes are to home health settings — with 39 new performance elements — and ambulatory health care, with 29 new performance elements. Hospitals and critical access hospitals each have 21 new requirements. The Joint Commission will begin surveying to the updated emergency management requirements as of the final rule’s Nov. 15 implementation date. For more information, visit The Joint Commission website.
TJC is an independent, not-for-profit organization which accredits and certifies health care organizations and programs. Joint Commission accreditation and certification is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to meeting certain performance standards.