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Critical access hospitals held to higher suicide prevention standards

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February 16, 2020

by John Palmer

In the December 2019 issue of Perspectives, The Joint Commission (TJC) announced new standards taking effect July 1, 2020, that will affect critical access hospitals (CAH). Known as National Patient Safety Goal (NPSG) Standard NPSG.15.01.01, this suicide prevention standard has been in place since 2007 for hospital and behavioral health programs. However, it has seen increased scrutiny since 2019 in response to worsening U.S. suicide rates, according to TJC literature.

Moreover, suicide rates in rural counties are 25% higher than in urban areas. 

“Because rates of death by suicide are very high in rural communities, The Joint Commission determined that this NPSG also should apply to critical access hospitals,” the Joint Commission wrote in Perspectives.

In the December 2019 issue of Perspectives, The Joint Commission (TJC) announced new standards taking effect July 1, 2020, that will affect critical access hospitals (CAH).



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