In a recent newsletter, The Joint Commission announced that it will return to unannounced onsite surveys effective March 15.
The newsletter reads as follows:
“Over the last nine months, traditional onsite survey activity has been delayed or interrupted due to the restrictions and strain on the health care system caused by COVID-19. During the past few months, The Joint Commission’s account executives have reached out to organizations to determine their readiness for survey. This return to unannounced surveys does not apply to freestanding Behavioral Health Care and Human Services facilities or Disease-Specific Care and Health Care Staffing Certification programs.
As COVID-19 incidence and caseloads across the country are decreasing, beginning March 15, 2021, The Joint Commission will return to its usual procedures prior to the pandemic. Organizations will no longer be receiving a phone call or email from their account executive when it has been determined the area is low risk for The Joint Commission’s accreditation survey team to visit. All available resources will be utilized to conduct onsite, unannounced accreditation surveys.”
For details, visit https://bit.ly/3viQyMc.