Joint Commission Aligns Accreditation Standards to Require Equal Patient Visitation Rights

Effective July 1, 2011, the Joint Commission has added notes to two elements of performance in its accreditation standards for hospitals (RI.01.01.01 EPs 1 and 2) to align with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services requirements for equal patient visitation rights.  The new note specifies: “Visitation rights include the right to receive visitors designated by the patient, including, but not limited to, a spouse, a domestic partner (including a same–sex domestic partner), another family member, or a friend.”

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