The newest edition of JCI’s standards for ambulatory care organizations, Joint Commission International Accreditation Standards for Ambulatory Care, 4th Edition, will publish 1 January 2019 and become effective for all ambulatory surveys beginning on or after 1 July 2019.
Changes to the 4th Edition include updated International Patient Safety Goals (IPSGs), the removal of a few standards and measurable elements (MEs), and the addition of new standards and MEs.
Areas of focus in some of the new ambulatory standards include the following:
Program for chronic disease management
Diagnostic imaging safety program (MRI safety)
Laser safety program
Treatment and testing of dental unit waterlines
Hemodialysis water distribution system/equipment testing
Health IT: Copy-and-paste and auto-complete in electronic medical records; confidentiality and security of patient information in electronic communications; and program for response to downtime of data systems
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