News Brief: JCAHO surveys in CA affected by state rules

An unlicensed person may deliver home medical devices in California, but according to the Respiratory Care Board in the state, equipment delivery does not include instruction in equipment use or its application to a patient. These services must be performed by a licensed respiratory care practitioner or other licensed persons authorized by their licensing statutes to provide respiratory care. The Oakbrook Terrace, IL-based Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations has announced that its surveys in California will include this interpretation since a particular standard that has a state or federal requirement is surveyed to the strictest interpretation.

For more about the California regulation, contact the California Department of Health Services, Food and Drug Division at (916) 445-5224.