Medical Services Professionals (MSPs) share a variety of responsibilities, including that of reappointment, the process of re-evaluating a provider’s current competency and qualifications to provide care. Reappointment is a critical component of ensuring patient safety, as it is an opportunity to verify a provider’s performance, medical judgment, clinical skills, and professional behavior in order to ensure they continue to meet your organization’s standards.
In 2021, the National Association of Medical Staff Services (NAMSS) hosted a roundtable demonstrating the shortfalls that a two-year reappointment cycle, alongside continuous monitoring, had on healthcare organizations, and requested a solution. As a result, The Joint Commission (TJC) announced a change to the reappointment process timeline in November 2022, extending it from two to three years.
Extending the practitioner reappointment timeframe is effective immediately, which means organizations with plans to adopt the change must develop a reliable course of action to move through the transition period effectively and without compromising patient safety.
Organizations will all have different factors to consider when assessing whether moving to a three-year cycle is beneficial. These include:
With all this information considered, you’ll have what you need to develop a clear recommendation for medical leadership to obtain support required for change.
After determining it’s time to start the transition process and creating a work distribution plan, you can employ different reappointment methodologies to ensure a seamless progression.
All these methodologies come with their benefits, and challenges too, like heavier appointment months or lack of standardization. This is why it’s important to assess which methodology is right for you. To get a clearer picture of what this transition entails, watch a recording of our recent webinar: Strategies for Adopting the Recent Joint Commission Appointment Period Change. Our experts will walk you through all the details you need to be successful.
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