Joint Commission reduces requirements applicable to telehealth services in ambulatory care
By: Judy Mathias
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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