Joint Commission announces changes to diagnostic imaging standards

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The Joint Commission today announced changes to its standards for accredited hospitals, critical access hospitals and ambulatory health care organizations that provide diagnostic imaging services. Areas addressed in the new and revised standards include minimum competency for radiology technologists, documentation of computer tomography radiation dose in the patient’s clinical record, management of safety risks in the magnetic resonance imaging environment, and other areas. The changes will be effective July 1, 2014, with additional requirements to be phased in by 2015. “With these updates, The Joint Commission’s goal is to ensure that our imaging standards remain up-to-date and sufficiently address quality and safety,” said Margaret VanAmringe, executive vice president of public policy and government relations at The Joint Commission.

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