In one of today’s educational sessions, Anne Guglielmo of The Joint Commission, gave an update to a packed room on the Top 10 challenging environment of care and life safety standards that have the highest rate of non-compliance during surveys. Some of the issues that were addressed include:
- Pressure differentials
- Equipment inventories
- Corridor clutter
- Locking configurations
- Fire protection systems testing (inventories)
- Fire barriers and opening protective
- Sprinkler piping
- Eye wash stations
These and many other issues that are often cited were discussed and information on how to be better prepared for surveys in these areas was provided. The audience came ready with plenty of questions that were all answered.
Anne also reviewed The Joint Commission equivalency process and the relation to the CMS waiver process. She clarified that proactive equivalency requests are still being accepted by The Joint Commission but all equivalencies that are received must now be sent to the appropriate CMS regional office for final approval.