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EC scoring may herald survey compliance pitfalls

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April 24, 2010

Although it may not rank high on your chore list, take close reads of the scoring behind the EC standards, because they give you compliance hints.

A significant amount of the EC elements of performance (EP) are designated with a “C” score, meaning surveyors only have to find two instances of noncompliance to issue a requirement for improvement (RFI), said Steven MacArthur, safety consultant at The Greeley Company, a division of HCPro, Inc., in Marblehead, MA. He spoke during an HCPro audio conference in February, “Physical Environment Compliance 2010: Analyzing The Joint Commission’s Latest Interpretations and Survey Hotspots.”

For example, EC.02.03.05, EP 15, requires hospitals to inspect portable fire extinguishers monthly. If a surveyor finds two extinguishers without proper documentation for the monthly checks, a citation could follow.

Although it may not rank high on your chore list, take close reads of the scoring behind the EC standards, because they give you compliance hints



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