The Joint Commission Announces New and Revised Diagnostic Imaging Standards

December 20, 2013

On December 20, 2013, The Joint Commission announced changes to its standards for accredited hospitals, critical access hospitals, and ambulatory health care organizations that provide diagnostic imaging services, including ambulatory organizations that have achieved Advanced Diagnostic Imaging certification. The changes will be effective July 1, 2014 with additional requirements to be phased in by 2015.

The standards changes relate to either quality and safety issues that were needed to more fully address the evolution of health care delivery practices, or expanding upon the current Joint Commission requirements, such as those related to magnetic resonance imaging. The revisions incorporate recommendations from diagnostic imaging experts, professional associations, and accredited organizations on topic areas that must be evaluated to ensure the safe delivery of diagnostic imaging services.

For more information, please visit the Joint Commission website.