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TJC to improve top four challenging requirements
The Joint Commission (TJC) is conducting an extensive review of its National Patient Safety Goals (NPSGs) to identify how to increase the value of the requirements in helping organizations provide safe, quality care. According to recent field input on the NPSGs and the standards, the four most challenging requirements are:
Initial suggestions from the field for improving these requirements include making them less prescriptive and using clearer language. Specific feedback on the critical test results requirement included suggestions for a more limited scope. Feedback on the staffing effectiveness standard revealed that implementation is difficult and costly for organizations while yielding little value.
The Joint Commission will engage focus groups on these issues and will invite field comment on proposed revised requirements via web-based surveys.