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TJC Suspends Surveys in Light of COVID-19

By: Julie Williamson

April 1, 2020

As of March 16, The Joint Commission (TJC) has suspended all surveying in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. TJC has notified the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) of its decision and CMS has agreed, according to an email sent to stakeholders. TJC anticipates its surveys, as well as other activities, will be on hold at least until the end of April; however, it is conducting planning scenarios that assume longer periods of suspension. TJC said it also is working with its field staff and customers for plans to redirect TJC resources to best assist customers during this ever-changing time. Visit: https://www.aha.org/advisory/2020-03-16-coronavirus-update-joint-commission-suspend-surveying-response-covid-19.

TJC has also provided useful content on its COVID-19 page, including its March 27, 2020, public statement on shortages of critical medical equipment, its March 24, 2020, statement on shortages of personal protective equipment, FAQs, and a heartfelt video from TJC’s CEO. Visit: https://www.jointcommission.org/covid-19/ and https://www.jointcommission.org/covid-19/dr-mark-chassin-on-covid-19/.

Julie Williamson is IAHCSMM's Communications Director.