The Joint Commission (TJC) has issued new standards for hospitals (including psychiatric hospitals) and critical access hospitals related to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Interoperability and Patient Access final rule.
Specifically, the prepublication standards apply for the new Medicare and Medicaid Conditions of Participation requiring admission, discharge, and transfer (ADT) notifications effective May 1. The changes will be published by TJC with the July 1, 2021, standards release.
TJC has also revised one of the elements of performance (EP) to more clearly address the providers and entities that need to be notified of ADT. EP 5 has been updated for hospitals and critical access hospitals. This revision is effective May 1 and will be published with the Jan. 1, 2022, standards release.