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A set of guidelines for changing hospital visitation policies and practices released in August 2010 by the Bethesda, MD-based Institute for Patient-and Family-Centered Care (IPFCC) will help health care institutions meet standards for patient-centered communication issued by The Joint Commission and set to take effect in January 2011, says Joanna Kaufman, RN, MS, an information specialist with IPFCC.

To comply with new TJC standards, toss out restrictive visitation policies