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Joint Commission Implementation Task Force to Continue Work n Medical Staff Standard Revision

July 22, 2008
Joint Commission Implementation Task Force to Continue Work on Medical Staff Standard Revision Board of Commissioners Suspends Implementation Date Media Contact: Ken Powers Media Relations Manager 630-792-5175 kpowers@jointcommission.org (OAKBROOK TERRACE, Ill. – June 3, 2008) The Joint Commission’s Board of Commissioners approved the continued engagement of the Implementation Task Force on the revision of medical staff standard MS.1.20. The Board also suspended the July 2009 date for implementation of the current revised standard. It is anticipated that the Task Force will be prepared to present its recommendations for revising MS.1.20 at the Board’s August 1-2 meeting. The Board will be asked at that time to authorize a field review of the recommended modified standard MS.1.20. Depending on the feedback received during the field review, which will be conducted in August and September, the Board will be requested to approve changes to the standard at its November 14-15 meeting. During that meeting, the Board will be requested to establish a new effective implementation date. “Given the new timeline for the revision of MS.1.20, it was important to suspend the original effective implementation date and provide hospitals with adequate notice of at least 12 months of any revisions to the standard,” says Charles A. Mowll, executive vice president, The Joint Commission. “This will also give the Task Force time to continue its work and allow the Board to fully consider any revisions.” At its June 2007 meeting, the Board of Commissioners approved revisions to the hospital standard MS.1.20 related to medical staff bylaws and associated rules and regulations and policies. Due to concerns regarding the implementation of this standard, the Board convened a 19-member Implementation Task Force to analyze the potential impact of implementing the revised standard. The Task Force is charged with addressing, for example, the standard’s prescriptiveness regarding the level of associated details related to the requirements that must be in the medical staff bylaws. The Task Force will consider whether these details should be in the medical staff bylaws as opposed to rules and regulations or policies. Editor’s note: The following is a listing of Task Force members. Stephen A. LaTour, PhD, Task Force Chair President Calder LaTour Inc. Evanston, IL Gene Blumenreich Trustee New England Baptist Hospital Boston, MA Tucker Bonner, FACHE President and CEO King’s Daughters Hospital Temple, TX Gregory L. Brown Assistant General Counsel Legacy Health System Portland, OR Jill Fainter Hospital Corporation of America Nashville, TN Paul A. Gitman, MD New York James Goodyear, MD Lansdale, PA Jay A. Gregory, MD Oklahoma Lance Grenevicki, DDS, MD, FACS West Melbourne, FL Stephen House, MD Miamisburg, OH Paul Kettler, MD Minneapolis, MN Ann O’Connell Nossaman, Gunter, Knox, and Elliott, LLP Sacramento, CA Maynard Oliverius President and CEO Stormont-Vail HealthCare Topeka, KS Carol A. Ostermann, CPMSM, CPCS San Jose, CA Thomas Russell, MD, FACS Chicago, IL Garry Scheib Executive Director Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA Sarah J. Schermerhorn Trustee Ellis Hospital Schenectady, NY Jeffrey Selberg President and CEO Exempla Healthcare Denver, CO Elizabeth Snelson Medical Staff Attorney St. Paul, MN