The Joint Commission is seeking comments on its proposed hospital accreditation requirements to advance effective communication, cultural competence and patient-centered care.
The comment period, which opened Monday, will run for six weeks. According to a commission statement, patient safety can be inhibited by language, culture, hearing or visual impairment, health literacy, cognitive impairments, and disease or disability. Also, the commission notes that lower quality of care and poorer healthcare outcomes are linked to racial and ethnic disparities. As such, hospitals need more robust guidance to address the needs of the populations they serve.