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Joint Commission Deletes 131 Requirements for the Hospital Program

Joint Commission Deletes 131 Requirements for the Hospital Program

The Joint Commission (TJC) has published a list of 131 requirements from its Hospital program that have been deleted effective July 1, 2016.  According to TJC, these requirements are being deleted because they have been determined, as part of a larger, multi-phased project to improve the accreditation and certification process, to be a routine part of operations and clinical practice.  TJC further explains that the deletions are not expected to change an organization’s current practice, or have an effect on quality and safety.

TJC has published a list of the deleted requirements along with a rationale for that requirement’s deletion; the list is included with today’s notice.  Rationales provided include:

  • The required process should be left to the discretion of the organization.
  • The requirement is a part of regular operations/processes.
  • The requirement is implicit in existing standards/EPs.
  • The requirement is redundant of existing standards/EPs.
  • The requirement is addressed by law and regulation or other external requirements.

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