These unannounced The Joint Commission survey options are available for ASCs

The Joint Commission outlined three aspects of the unannounced survey process on their Daily Update blog, including the exceptions in place for ASCs

Here are their insights:

1. Ambulatory care settings such as office-based surgery practices, ASCs not using accreditation for deemed status, surgery/anesthesia centers with fewer than 5,000 annual visits or fewer than three licensed practitioners, diagnostic/therapeutic centers with fewer than 3,000 visits or four or fewer licensed independent practitioners get seven days of notice for surveys.

2. Other examples of announced surveys include:

  • The first survey conducted by The Joint Commission of an organization.
  • Focused standards assessment options two and three surveys.
  • The first survey conducted under the early survey policy.

3. Unless it's not logical or feasible, The Joint Commission conducts unannounced surveys.

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