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Joint Commission Streamlines Accreditation Standards

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The Joint Commission will eliminate or consolidate more than 200 accreditation standards in its hospital and other accreditation programs as part of an initiative to retire standards that go beyond the Medicare conditions of participation (CoP). 

The review included elements of performance (EPs) that met all of the following criteria: 

  • The EP does not support a Centers of Medicare & Medicaid Services’ CoP or state regulation. 
  • The EP has been in effect for at least three years. 
  • The EP has been scored five times or less during full triennial surveys between 2017 and 2019 (the three years prior to the COVID-19 public health emergency). 

The changes are effective Aug. 27.