January 10, 2018

Joint Commission: New requirement for maternal status assessment and documentation

By: Judy Mathias

Editor’s Note

The Joint Commission on January 10 announced that three new requirements for maternal status assessment and documentation will become effective July 1, 2018, for accredited hospitals and critical access hospitals that offer obstetric services, specifically labor and delivery.

The new requirements were designed to:

  • Document or assess the current maternal status of infectious diseases, such as HIV, hepatitis B, Group B streptococcus (GBS), and/or syphilis.
  • Promote safety and quality of care of the mother and newborn on admission/arrival.
  • Document information in the newborn’s medical record if the mother tests positive for HIV, hepatitis B, GBS, and/or syphilis. 



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