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News Stat: TJC Revises Pain Assessment and Management Requirements

The following article is from Arkansas Hospitals magazine, a custom publication of Vowell, Inc., which also produces Arkansas Money & Politics.

The Joint Commission (TJC) has announced that new and revised pain assessment and management standards for hospitals accredited by the organization will go into effect January 1, 2018. Look for the following new requirements for TJC-accredited institutions:

  • Identification of a leader or leadership team that is responsible for pain management and safe opioid prescribing;
  • Involvement of patients in developing their treatment plans and setting realistic expectations and measurable goals;
  • Promotion of safe opioid use by identifying high-risk patients;
  • Monitoring of high-risk patients;
  • Facilitation of clinician access to prescription drug monitoring program databases; and
  • Conducting performance improvement activities focusing on pain assessment and management to increase safety and quality for patients.

Find the pre-publication standards at www.jointcommission.org. Questions? Contact Trina Crow, RN, MJ, associate project director, Department of Standards and Survey Methods, TJC, at tcrow@joint commission.org.

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