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JCAHO Outlines New Standards for Hospitals for 2002

Magazine article Drug Topics

JCAHO Outlines New Standards for Hospitals for 2002

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Hospitals can expect that new staffing effectiveness standards will go into effect in July of 2002. The new standards will require hospitals to come up with, for each major area of the hospital (which would include pharmacy), two human resource indicators and two clinical indicators that they can evaluate simultaneously to determine staffing effectiveness. The next step would then be to take appropriate action in response to the analysis of the data.

Health-system pharmacists were brought up to speed about the advent of the new standards at the ASHP Midyear Clinical Meeting in New Orleans in December.

Hospitals can also expect to see a change in the way surveys are conducted, said Darryl Rich, Pharm.D., associate director, surveyor, development and management, for the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. For one thing, he noted, JCAHO will be placing less emphasis on scoring and more on providing consultation on emergency management. "It will be a focus of the surveys, particularly in terms of preparedness for bioterrorism and other acts similar to what happened in New York," he explained.

That's what's on tap for 2002. But how did hospitals handle standards that were implemented in 2001?

For the most part, Rich noted, hospitals were relatively receptive to new patient standards in theory, but it appears there are still a few kinks to get out. The JCAHO official told pharmacists that many hospitals aren't familiar with how to conduct the failure mode and effects analysis, a key standard potentially impacting hospital pharmacists. …

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