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Delayed, not forgotten: TJC hiring extra surveyors to deal with backlog

The Joint Commission (TJC) is hiring almost twice as many new surveyors than usual this year to deal with a backlog of triennial surveys delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The goal is that all triennial surveys delayed in 2020 will done in 2021, but that may mean moving some upcoming late quarter 2021 surveys to 2022, according to Gayle Nash RN, MPH, president of Nash Healthcare, an accreditation compliance consulting firm headquartered in El Paso, Texas.

While hospitals are reporting that some surveys are running a few weeks to a few months behind the usual triennial window, hospitals can expect follow-up surveys for any Medicare deficiencies will be done within 45 days, says Nash.

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