CSHS WWW HOME | MS EXCHANGE LOG ON | PULSE ARCHIVES
Medical Staff Pulse is
a Publication of the Chief of Staff
Joint Commission Update

Revision to APR 17

The Joint Commission has revised its Accreditation Participation Requirement (APR) 17 to emphasize the inclusion of medical staff and physicians in this requirement.

Under APR 17, hospitals must educate staff and medical staff that any employee or physician who has concerns about the safety or quality of care provided may report these concerns to The Joint Commission. In addition, hospitals must inform its staff and medical staff that it will take no disciplinary action because an employee or physician reports safety or quality of care concerns to The Joint Commission.

Cedars-Sinai leadership promotes an organization-wide culture of safety that encourages the reporting of any risks to patients, medical staff, visitors and employee safety. It is our policy to encourage all staff members, including medical staff, to immediately report any safety or quality of care concerns to the medical center as well as to The Joint Commission. No retaliatory disciplinary action will be taken against any employee or physician for making such a report, and the medical center promotes a non-punitive environment for reporting and follow-up of medical errors.