March 4, 2021

Joint Commission extends reduced volume requirements for advanced stroke certification programs

By: Judy Mathias

Editor's Note

The Joint Commission on March 3 announced that it is extending the reduced volume eligibility requirements for its advanced Thrombectomy-Capable Stroke Center (TSC) and Comprehensive Stroke Center (CSC) certification programs through May 31 because the number of patients seeking care for strokes continues to vary because of COVID-19.

Those seeking TSC and CSC recertification must meet 50% of current procedure volume eligibility for mechanical thrombectomy, and CSCs must meet 75% for subarachnoid hemorrhage care and aneurysm clipping/coiling.

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Reduced volume eligibility of 80% is also being offered to organizations seeking initial TSC and CSC certification.

The Joint Commission says it will continue to reevaluate COVID-19’s effect on the number of patients seeking acute stroke care, and it will decide by June 1 whether to extend volume reductions.


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