The Joint Commission Blog, May 3, 2018
Effective July 1, 2018, several Joint Commission elements of performance (EPs) for Ambulatory Health Care accreditation will no longer apply to services provided via a telehealth platform. These changes represent a 25 percent reduction in applicable standards for telehealth surgical and telehealth non-surgical settings.
Since these telehealth settings primarily provide care that does not involve direct patient contact, The Joint Commission determined there was no need to apply requirements, such as those addressing infection prevention and control, to these settings. These changes are intended to clarify expectations and improve the relevancy of the telehealth standards.