The Joint Commission is pushing back the date for hospitals to implement the new medical-staff standard, MS.1.20.
During its May 30 board meeting, the commission agreed to give the task force established to study the standard more time to conduct its review, said Chuck Mowll, executive vice president for business development, government and external relations. The commission also plans to perform a field review of the standard in August and September.
The task force is scheduled to give its final recommendations to the board during its August meeting. Pending those recommendations, the field review and final board approval of the standard, the commission wants to make sure hospitals have at least 12 months to prepare for implementation, Mowll said. The task force is making great progress, he said.