Joint Commission backs off of emergency prep tracers
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June 1, 2010
Several developments have come to light regarding 2010 emergency management sessions that Joint Commission surveyors conduct during accreditation visits.
The biggest switch is that the formal emergency management tracer, which was part of some 2009 surveys, has been de-emphasized, said George Mills, MBA, FASHE, CEM, CHFM, CHSP, senior engineer at The Joint Commission. He spoke during a Joint Commission Resources, Inc., Webcast April 7.
The change in the tracer occurred as of January 2010, said Kenneth Powers, spokesperson for The Joint Commission. Although the revision appears in the accreditor’s 2010 Survey Activity Guide for Healthcare Organizations, it has not been overly publicized.