The Joint Commission has reorganized its hospital Standards and Elements of Performance. The Joint Commission did not add new requirements, but deleted and clarified some existing requirements. The 2009 standards are reordered and renumbered to better facilitate electronic sorting. The new standards will take effect January 1, 2009. They can be accessed here.

The Joint Commission is also planning new standards that will address cultural issues in patient care. The new standards, to be effective 2011, will address diversity, culture, language and health literacy. The Joint Commission is still determining whether the new requirements will be issued as new Standards or added to existing standards. Concepts for the new standards will be drawn from the Joint Commission's ongoing study "Hospitals, Language and Culture: A Snapshot of the Nation." For more information, click here.