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News from the Joint Commission

Katherine M. Bennett

The Joint Commission has issued a supplement to the 1999-2000 Comprehensive Accreditation Manual for Home Care (CAMHC) that includes revised chapters, several new and revised standards and intent statements, and revised crosswalks. New decision rules that incorporate adjusted requirements for sentinel events, Oryx, and licensure issues are also included. The supplement includes new chapters on "Official Accreditation Policies and Procedures" and "Sentinel Events" as well as revisions to accreditation participation requirements, performance measurements, and pain management standards. Most revisions went into effect Jan. 1.