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New Joint Commission Requirement

For Medical Equipment

Published on April 21, 2014 in 24×7 Magazine

By Arif Subhan, MS, CCE, FACCE

In a December 2013 memo (S&C 14-07-Hospitals), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) relaxed its restrictive policies on preventive maintenance of medical equipment. The CMS now allows alternatives to manufacturer recommended PM intervals for many types of devices.1,2

In response to this clarification, The Joint Commission has added a new element of performance (EP) for deemed-status hospitals. This EP is added to the primary medical equipment standard EC.02.04.03. It is a Category A EP, and will be effective July 1, 2014.

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