On November 19, 2007, The Joint Commission announced proposed changes to the entire Patient Rights and Responsibilities chapter (chapter "RI") in the accreditation programs for hospitals and critical access hospitals (as well as for ambulatory care, home health and office based surgery) as part of its Standards Improvement Initiative. Access to this information for each of the programs is available on the Standards Improvement Initiative webpage; more specific information is available for hospitals and critical access hospitals and each of the other programs.

These proposed changes are being made available for a six week period for review and comment from interested parties, making the deadline for comments January 7, 2008. The standards as eventually revised are anticipated to become effective in 2009.

The information available from The Joint Commission includes the proposed revisions to the RI standards, proposed deletions, as well as a comparison of the current RI chapter to the chapter as proposed. Instructions for submitting feedback may also be found on the individual program pages.