Remember to keep checking for a new Survey Activity Guide (SAG) from The Joint Commission (TJC), which is promised for July and will include new information on surveys as they slowly resume in areas with a slowed rate in COVID-19 cases.
As regular survey activities slowly resume, expect The Joint Commission (TJC) and other accrediting organizations (AO) to follow CMS in focusing on infection control and taking a detailed look at how well facilities planned for and responded to the coronavirus pandemic.
Get ready—The Joint Commission (TJC), DNV-GL Healthcare and HFAP have announced they are going start doing limited surveys in June. Meanwhile, the Center for Improvement in Healthcare Quality (CIHQ) said it has already begun reaccreditation surveys on a case-by-case basis.
If you are expecting a survey from your accreditation organization (AO) in the upcoming weeks and months, check in with your liaison. All four hospital AOs have suspending most or all survey activities during the national emergency to deal with COVID-19.
Download checklists provided by CMS and the CDC to review your infectious disease preparedness plans as CMS signals again that it expects hospitals and nursing homes, as well as other healthcare providers, to be prepared for the spread of the latest virus, COVID-19.
CMS ordered its state and regional surveyors to suspend “non-emergency inspections across the country” to allow “inspectors to turn their focus on the most serious health and safety threats like infectious diseases and abuse. This shift in approach will also allow inspectors to focus on...
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma took a swipe at accrediting organizations on February 25, noting that when they accept consulting fees from the hospitals they grade it...
In July 2019, the accreditation agency released Quick Safety Issue 50: Developing Resilience to Combat Nurse Burnout, published to help healthcare facilities with the process of personal protection from burnout for nurses and other frontline staff.