May 17, 2018

Joint Commission reduces requirements applicable to telehealth services in ambulatory care

By: Judy Mathias

Editor’s Note

The Joint Commission on May 16 announced that approximately 25% of applicable elements of performance (EPs) in its ambulatory care program will no longer apply to organizations that primarily provide surgical and nonsurgical services via a telehealth platform.

Among the reductions:

  • 12 EPs in the Environment of Care chapter addressing medical equipment.
  • 31 EPs in the Emergency Management chapter addressing the organization’s role in the community response plan.
  • 36 EPs in the Infection Prevention and Control chapter.
  • 4 National Patient Safety Goals addressing patient identifiers and hand hygiene.
  • 4 EPs addressing care coordination in the Provision of Care chapter.
  • 1 EP addressing data collection on incidents involving the use of sedation/anesthesia in the Performance Improvement chapter.

The changes are effective July 1.

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