January 14, 2021

Joint Commission approves four new EPs for office-based surgery

By: Judy Mathias
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Editor's Note

The Joint Commission, on January 13, announced that it had approved four new elements of performance (EPs) for office-based surgery practices that prescribe medication.

The EPs for Medication Management Standard MM.04.01.01, which will become effective July 1, address the following:


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  • Having a written policy that identifies specific medication orders deemed acceptable for use.
  • Having a written policy that defines specific components of a medication order.
  • Using current evidence and practice if preprinted medication orders are used.
  • Prohibiting blanket orders to resume previous medications.

The EPs align with requirements in other accredited programs providing the same level of care, the Joint Commission says.

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