The Joint Commission has delayed the implementation of new and revised diagnostic imaging standards that were to take effect July 1st, with additional changes to be phased in by 2015.
The Joint Commission has delayed the implementation of new and revised diagnostic imaging standards that were to take effect July 1st, with additional changes to be phased in by 2015. They delay is due to feedback from stakeholders that caused the organization to reconsider several issues, it said.
While there was praise for the overall effort, there were also concerns about several critical standards. The feedback highlighted “issues that may not have been either identified or sufficiently evaluated during the standards development process,” the Joint Commission said. “Some of these issues highlighted complexities that require us to engage in further research in order to ensure that the new standards best promote the improvement and quality and safety.” The Joint Commission said it now aims to implement the revised standards by July 2015, releasing a full set of requirements at that time instead of partial sets over 2014 and 2015. The organization is collecting additional information about several critical areas of radiation safety: documentation of radiation dose, annual equipment performance evaluations by a medical physicist or MR scientist, minimum qualifications for radiologic technologists who perform CT, and requirements that align with California’s CT law. Additional questions or feedback may be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org.