The Joint Commission

July 2019 FAQ – Acceptable Replacements for Solid Ceilings

TJC FAQ 190722 Issued July 22, 2019 National Patient Safety Goals (NPSG) (Behavioral Health / Behavioral Health Care)   Ligature and Suicide Risk Reduction – Ceiling Systems What ceiling systems are allowable as a replacement for a solid ceiling?   A monolithic ceiling must either be a solid structure or use a concealed grid system […]

FREE Suicide Prevention Portal on TJC Website

  Issued May 2019 The Joint Commission is providing FREE ACCESS to Suicide Prevention publications such as relevant issues of their Perspectives newsletter and other publications that contain the recommendations of the Expert Panel on Suicide Prevention, National Patient Safety Goals regarding suicide prevention and tools for evaluating patient level of intent for self-harm. CLICK […]

May 2019 Perspectives: FAQs for Self-Closing and Self-Locking Doors & Video Monitoring

May 2019 Perspectives FAQThe Joint Commission Issued May 2019 The Joint Commission has clarified Expert Panel on Suicide’s Recommendation #1 (November 2017 Perspectives) relating to Self-Closing and Self-Locking Doors as well as Video Monitoring or “Electronic Sitters” for patients at high risk for suicide. Full content available HERE      

February 2019 Perspectives: REVISIONS to the NATIONAL PATIENT SAFETY GOAL on REDUCING the RISK for SUICIDE

The Joint Commisssion Issued November 26, 2018; updated February 20, 2019 Prepublication Requirements The Joint Commission has approved the following revisions for prepublication. While revised requirements are published in the semiannual updates to the print manuals (as well as in the online Edition®), accredited organizations and paid subscribers can also view them in the monthly […]

January 2019 Perspectives: ADDITIONAL FAQs for SUICIDE RISK REDUCTION RECOMMENDATIONS RELEASED

Additional FAQs: Suicide Risk Reduction Recommendations The November 2017, January 2018, and July 2018 issues of Perspectives published suicide risk reduction recommendations from an expert panel convened by The Joint Commission. On October 9, 2018, The Joint Commission convened the sixth expert panel to further address questions related to these recommendations. The following set of […]

July 2018 Perspectives: FAQs for SUICIDE RISK REDUCTION RECOMMENDATIONS RELEASED

The Joint Commission has released a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) that contains responses to inquiries that have been submitted regarding their Recommendations Regarding Environmental Hazards for Providers and Surveyors in several editions of their Perspectives newsletter starting in November of last year.  The FAQs are in the July 2018 edition of Perspectives. Full text of […]

January 2018 Perspectives: TJC s NEW OUTPATIENT / RESIDENTIAL BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SAFETY RISK RECOMMENDATIONS

The January 2018 issue of The Joint Commission’s Perspectives addresses the recommendations that came from the Expert Panel’s third meeting  (October 2017) regarding ligature attachment and other risks in non-hospital settings such as: Residential Treatment Partial Hospitalization Intensive Outpatient Outpatient Treatment The three new recommendations, (#14-16) state that these settings: #14. Are not required to […]

November 2017 Perspectives: SUICIDE PREVENTION in HEALTH CARE SETTINGS: Recommendations Regarding Environmental Hazards for Providers and Surveyors

The Joint Commission has released their recommendations regarding Hospital Environmental Hazards for Providers and Surveyors.  In an attempt to get this information circulated quickly, and with concern that the exact wording be communicated, please click on the link below and again on the link on the following page read the article in the, “The Joint […]

August 2017 Perspectives: OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT from THE JOINT COMMISSION & CMS on LIGATURE ISSUES

  This email is being sent out on behalf of Mark Pelletier, Chief Operating Officer- Accreditation and Certification Operations  Dear Colleagues: Recently, CMS and The Joint Commission have been in discussions regarding deficiencies related to ligature risk and self-harm.  When ligature risks rise to the level of a Condition Level Finding (CLD), CMS requires that […]

March 2017 Perspectives: TJC ANNOUNCEMENT of LIGATURE ATTACHMENT POINT EMPHASIS

For many years The Joint Commission (TJC) has had “Deemed Status” from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) which means that CMS will accept TJC’s accreditation of a health care provider as proof that they are providing quality service and CMS will pay the health care providers claims for reimbursement.  Also for many […]

CMS

May 2019 – Public Comment Period Closes June 27, 2019 on Clarification of Ligature Risk Interpretive Guidelines

CMS is requesting public comment on its proposed clarification of Ligature Risk Interpretive Guidelines. This is CMS’ response to the work of The Joint Commission’s Expert Panel on Suicide Prevention that created the Recommendations that were published starting with TJC’s November 2019 issue of their Perspectives newsletter.  For full text of CMS’ tesstnTJC Expert Panel Perspectives […]

May 2019 – Public Comment Period Closes June 27, 2019 on Clarification of Ligature Risk Interpretive Guidelines

CMS is requesting public comment on its proposed clarification of Ligature Risk Interpretive Guidelines. This is CMS’ response to the work of The Joint Commission’s Expert Panel on Suicide Prevention that created the Recommendations that were published starting with TJC’s November 2019 issue of their Perspectives newsletter.  For full text of CMS’ draft proposal and […]

July 2018 – CMS Will Not Convene Psychiatric Care Task Force

Click below to view the PDF of CMS’s statement on not convening their own Psychiatric Care Task Force.

December 2017 – CMS Ligature Risk Policy Clarification

CMS Dec 2017 – CMS released a Clarification of Ligature Risk Policy to its State Survey Agency Directors on December 8, 2017.  In the interest of making sure the exact wording of this important document is available, the full text of this document is below:  CLICK HERE    

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