The Joint Commission Approves Revisions to CMS

The Joint Commission recently issued prepublication revisions to its hospital and critical access hospital standards. These revisions allow the standards to align with the revised Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) requirements. Revisions are applicable to rehabilitation- and psychiatric- distinct part units within critical access hospitals that must comply with hospital conditions of participations. These changes are effective as of September 29, 2014.

For both programs, Joint Commission issued revisions to clarify the requirements of a practitioner not on the medical staff who is ordering outpatient services, governing body consultation with the medical staff, and medical staff structure for multi-hospital systems. The Joint Commission also added requirements for hospitals related to swing beds which allows the swing beds to be surveyed by the Joint Commissions as part of deemed status surveys. You can view the complete prepublication requirements here.

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Kesha Boykin-McLean

As Chief Compliance Officer, Kesha Boykin-Mclean brings over 20 years of experience in healthcare. Prior to joining VCS, Boykin-Mclean held a number of senior-level compliance roles, including managing and developing the compliance program for St. Francis Hospital in Connecticut. She was also the Division Ethics and Compliance Officer for the Hospital Corporation of America’s Gulf Coast Division where she was responsible for oversight of compliance programs for all hospitals within the division. Most recently, she served as an independent healthcare consultant, assisting hospitals with the planning and implementation of compliance programs.

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