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Joint Commission Changes Since the January 9th Publication of the 2017 Standards

The long-awaited publication of The Joint Commission’s 2017 accreditation standards occurred on January 9th.  Meanwhile, however, CMS was writing many additional K-tags in these chapters.  Due to the time required for CMS vetting of The Joint Commission’s new standards, these issues did not make it into the published 2017 standards.  Let us help you understand the “wild card” standards which have been added to several standards in the EC chapter, and to the existing wild card standards in the LS chapter. 

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Managing Maintenance Risks (EC.02.05.05 EP1)

Today we would like to discuss the other new standard related to managing maintenance related risks: EC.02.05.05.  In short, this new requirement is an extension of what we’ve been doing with construction risks since 2001.  At first glance, the amount of work involved seems overwhelming.  How do you create a process where each work order is assessed for its impact on all of the above stated factors? 

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Just Two Words...

Even if you have had the opportunity to review the new standards published January 9, 2017, chances are you could have missed the two simple words, “general maintenance”, inserted in EC.02.06.05, EP 2.

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Proposed Joint Commission Standard Changes

As a result of the adoption of the 2012 Life Safety Code®, proposed changes to Environment of Care and Life Safety standards were presented by George Mills at the ASHE Annual Conference in Denver.  These proposals are being vetted by CMS, and are not final at this time.  The blog content is intended to be a preview only and a “heads up” for what is to come.

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June 2016 | Joint Commission Update

At the 2016 NFPA Conference, TJC announced additional changes to the standards and survey process.  MSL Healthcare Partners and Russell Phillips & Associates would like to assist you in navigating these changes.

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2012 Life Safety Code Adopted by CMS

The 2012 editions of NFPA 101, the Life Safety Code® and NFPA 99, the Health Care Facilities Code, have been adopted by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).  The adoption will be published in the Federal Register on Wednesday, May 4, with an adoption date of July 5, 2016.

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