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SDS Accreditation Update
Joint Commission to refine med reconciliation goal
As of Jan. 1, 2009, The Joint Commission (TJC) is evaluating and refining National Patient Safety Goal (NPSG) 8 related to medicine reconciliation. It is taking this step due to the difficulty required for implementation, TJC indicated.
While the goal is being evaluated, survey findings related to the goal will not affect the accreditation decision for hospitals and surgery centers.
Survey findings on the goal will not generate Requirements for Improvement and will not appear on the accreditation report. TJC said in a released statement that "an improved NPSG 8 will be crafted that both supports quality and safety of care and can be more readily implemented by the field in 2010."