The Joint Commission has extended its deadline for compliance, with the requirement that facilities be able to send electronic copies of their plans for improvement into a new electronic statement of conditions, from the original July 1 deadline to Sept. 1, the Oakbrook Terrace, Ill.-based accreditor confirmed Friday.
"Submitting your statement of conditions isn't new," said Charlene Hill, a Joint Commission spokeswoman. "Submitting them electronically is."
The electronic requirement is a part of the Joint Commission's continuous compliance program, Hill said.
According to an e-mail from Hill, a statement of conditions helps an organization assess its current level of compliance and describe how to resolve any life safety code deficiencies.
In a prepared statement, Hill said: The Joint Commission has extended the compliance date to Sept. 1 for converting existing Life Safety Code deficiencies into electronic Plans for Improvement (e-PFI) for all accredited organizations. This applies to Life Safety Code deficiencies with a "projected completion date" after Sept. 1. Organizations should begin to enter newly identified deficiencies into the e-PFI as soon as possible, but no later than Sept. 1.
The Joint Commission is working on what it calls an "import tool" to improve the transmission and importation of data from facilities into the e-PFI database. The tool should be available by the third quarter of this year, Hill's memo said.