The Joint Commission Announces Major Changes to Plans for Improvement
In a memo to its members by ASHE (American Society for Healthcare Engineering), Comm-Tronics has learned about major changes for hospitals concerning their Plans for Improvement (PFI) process with The Joint Commission.
Effective August 1, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has asked The Joint Commission (TJC) to make several changes to its Statement of Conditions process for life safety system deficiencies:
- The Joint Commission will no longer take into consideration Plans for Improvement (PFI’s);
- The Joint Commission will not allow PFI’s to be a part of their final report;
- Hospitals will have 60 days from identification to correct life safety deficiencies;
- CMS regional offices may issue extensions in certain circumstances;
- Facilities may show a receipt of their request for extension to indicate they are in the pipeline for consideration.
This informational summary is based on an announcement given by George Mills, MBA, FASHE, CEM, CHFM, CHSP, director of engineering with the Joint Commission at the ASHE 2016 Annual Conference in Denver, Colorado.
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