The Joint Commission's (JC) revised standards, rationales, and elements of
performance for 2009 are now posted on the JC's Web site at<www.jointcommission.org>.
The standards will take effect January 1, 2009.
The changes are part of the Standards Improvement Initiative (SII),
launched in 2006 as part of the JC's ongoing quality-improvement efforts. The
SII focuses on clarifying standards language, ensuring that standards are
program specific, deleting redundant and nonessential standards, and
consolidating similar standards. While no new requirements were added, chapter
overviews, standards, introductions, rationales, and elements of performance
were redesigned for ease of use.
In the standards reorganization, requirements were split or consolidated.
Standards have been renumbered and reordered to allow electronic sorting and
the addition of new requirements in the future.
"The Standards Improvement Initiative represents the Joint
Commission's continuous commitment to make the standards clear, relevant, and
applicable in the specific health care setting in which they are used,"
says Mark Chassin, M.D., M.P.H., JC president, in a statement issued with the
release of the revised standards. "These changes will better guide
health care organizations in providing patients with the best care
A history-tracking feature allows users to see what happened to each
standard, its new number, and how it changed.
Chassin said the JC will engage in extensive education efforts and
discussions in the coming months to assist organizations in understanding the
These are other important aspects of the SII: