"The 2007 National Patient Safety Goals target critical areas where patient safety can be improved through specific actions in health-care organizations," said JCAHO President Dennis O'Leary, MD. "Organizations that truly integrate these requirements into their daily operations will realize major opportunities to improve patient safety."
One major change encourages organizations to define and communicate the means for patients and their families to report concerns about safety across all Joint Commission accreditation and certification programs. The Commission wants to "encourage patients' active involvement in their own care as a patient safety strategy."
Two requirements under the existing medication reconciliation goal have been rewritten to stipulate that a complete list of current medication be provided to the patient on discharge from care. This expectation is applicable to Ambulatory Care, Assisted Living, Behavior Health Care, Critical Access Hospital, Disease-specific Care, Home Care, Hospital, Long Term Care, and Office-based Surgery programs.
The full text of the goals and requirements can be found on