JCAHO Standards Revisions

The June/July 2008 issue of MLA News reports on the 2009 revisions to the Comprehensive Accreditation Manual for Hospitals.  The Joint Commission’s Standards Improvement Initiative proposed to “enhance the clarity and objectivity of the standards….”  The Knowledge-Based Information standard is now incorporated in standard IM.03.01.01 (that KBI resources are available, current & authoritative) and includes 2 EPs (elements of performance) requiring 24/7 availability and cooperative/contractual arrangements with other institutions to provide those not available on-site.  The article points out that library services support many of the other Joint Commission standards, such as those referencing clinical practice guidelines.

Frumento KS:  The Joint Commission Standards Improvement Initiative: What does it mean for hospital librarians? MLA News 2008 Jun/Jul; (407): 17.   URL, for MLA members who can find their passwords: http://www.mlanet.org/members/mla_news/2008/jun_jul_08/hosp_lib.html

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