The Joint Commission places standards online

The Joint Commission's revised standards, rationales, and elements of performance for 2009 for home care, which includes hospice, now are available online at The standards will take effect Jan. 1, 2009, and have been placed online to give organizations time to become familiar with the new language, ordering, and numbering.

The changes are part of the Standards Improve-ment Initiative (SII), launched in 2006 as part of The Joint Commission's ongoing quality improvement efforts. 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 designed for ease of use. In the standards reorganization, requirements were split or consolidated. Standards have been renumbered and reordered to allow electronic sorting and to allow the addition of new requirements in the future.

Other aspects of SII include:

• Changes in the scoring and decision process will take place Jan. 1, 2009, for all accreditation and certification programs.

• Single-user license electronic E-ditions of the manuals will be provided for the first time.

• Color-coded tabs in print manuals distinguish standards and requirements from accreditation policies and procedures.

• Accreditation program-specific language is used in all manuals.