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Joint Commission says 2010 NPSGs to be published in October

In its June issue of The Joint Commissions Perspectives, the official newsletter of The Joint Commission, the accrediting body says that it will not publish its National Patient Safety Goals applicable for January 2010 until its October issue of Perspectives. Although the NPSGs applicable for January of the following year are usually published in the July issue of Perspectives of the prior year, the NPSGs are currently undergoing a field review that will result in significant revisions. The review is not expected to be completed until early summer 2009.

The Joint Commission has stated that no new NPSGs will be released for 2010, only modifications to existing NPSGs. It is also asking for comment from the field about the proposed set of NPSGs. You can comment on its Web site through June 23.

Does this timeline affect your survey preparation schedule? Hopefully this time will be used well to create a less cumbersome set of requirements that still focuses on key patient safety issues.

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Heather Comak About the Author: Heather Comak is the Assistant Director of the Association for Healthcare Accreditation Professionals and a Managing Editor at HCPro, Inc., where she is the editor of the monthly publication Briefings on Patient Safety. Contact Heather by e-mailing her at hcomak@hcpro.com.

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  1. I’d also like to point out the Q&A article mentioned in the June Perspectives. It outlines the Medicare standard and condition-level deficiency. Organizations found to have a condition-level deficiency will have to undergo the ESC completion as well as a follow-up unannouced survey. This seems to be an different accreditation-level category, and a very unusual method (Q&A in Persepctives, instead of formal policy and procedure) to release such information. I look forward to hear more about this from both Joint Commission and if any AHAP members have thoughts about this.

  2. I am so glad Heather posted this information about the 2010 NPSGs. I took the time to input for the field review. I implore all of you to take the time to do this. This gives us the chance to suggest some of the “old” goals be put into the standards or removed and keep the ones that are newer to focus on. It has been several years for some of the goals and incorporating them into the standards may be appropriate now. The important thing is to participate in the field reviews. It is our only time we get to provide our feedback. Please, please take the time. To reiterate, “Hopefully this time will be used well to create a less cumbersome set of requirements that still focuses on key patient safety issues.” Key words, “less cumbersome” and “key patient safety issues.” Mahalo from Hawaii.

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