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Will TJC get tougher? CMS okays AO status but outlines concerns

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September 20, 2020

by A.J. Plunkett (aplunkett@decisionhealth.com)

Expect The Joint Commission (TJC) to get tougher on some areas of survey, particularly with the physical environment and off-campus facilities, and to change the level of detail in its daily briefing about what surveyors are finding.

In mid-July, CMS confirmed that TJC—one of the nation’s longest-running accrediting organizations (AO) and a longtime standard-setter in patient safety—has earned CMS approval as an AO for hospitals.
But only for two years.

The Federal Register announcement of the approval noted that CMS had concerns about TJC’s ongoing performance, saying the AO may not be tough enough.

Expect The Joint Commission (TJC) to get tougher on some areas of survey, particularly with the physical environment and off-campus facilities, and to change the level of detail in its daily briefing about what surveyors are finding.



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