May 13, 2021

The Joint Commission announces top 5 most challenging requirements for 2020

By: Judy Mathias
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Editor's Note

The Joint Commission, on May 12, listed the top 5 standards most frequently identified as “not compliant” during surveys and reviews from January 1 to December 31, 2020.

The top five for accredited hospitals are:


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  • NPSG.15.01.01: Reduce the risk for suicide. EP1.
  • IC.02.02.01: The hospital reduces the risk of infections associated with medical equipment, devices, and supplies. EP2.
  • IC.02.01.01: The hospital implements its infection prevention and control plan. EP1.
  • MM.06.01.01: The hospital safely administers medications. EP3.
  • EC.02.05.01: The hospital manages risks associated with its utility systems. EP15.

The Joint Commission also posted the top five challenging standards for other accredited organizations, including ambulatory healthcare, critical access hospitals, and office-based surgery.

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