Joint Commission Behavioral Health Update
May 2016
In This Issue:

Greetings to Our Colleagues in Behavioral Healthcare!

We hope that Spring has reached your region of the country and that the sunny days of Summer are not far behind!


This month, we are providing information on the new scoring methodology and matrix being introduced by TJC for all its accreditation programs effective January 2017. This is important information so be sure to share with your TJC survey readiness team.


Our second article provides an update on the TJC position on texting orders. This is a timely topic and you will want to be well aware of the requirements that TJC is mandating for texted orders.


We value your feedback on the newsletter. Please send us your comments and tell us what topics you would like to see in future issues. We look forward to hearing from you! Also, feel free to to your colleagues.


Anne Barrins

Are you in the "window of survey availability?" 


If your last TJC survey was more than 18 months ago, you are in that window. Contact us now to schedule a mock survey. It will provide your team with the tools and information they need to achieve survey success with a minimum of stress. 



Tip of the Month
Looking for resources vetted as being TJC compliant? Check out TJC's recently updated Leading Practice Library. It's available to TJC accredited organizations through your TJC Connect site and is now more user friendly with easier search options and the ability to create a customized library of resources to help with standards compliance and survey readiness.
Why Choose
Barrins & Associates?

"We used Barrins & Associates for initial TJC accreditation in 2011 and subsequent surveys. Their expertise is outstanding and clearly helped position us for highly successful surveys. We wholeheartedly endorse them to other eating disorder programs seeking TJC consultation and to our other behavioral health colleagues."

Kimberli McCallum, MD
CEO, Founder and Medical Director
McCallum Place Eating Disorder Center
St. Louis, Missouri
SAFER Matrix
TJC Introduces new Scoring Methodology
We've been keeping you updated on changes to the scoring methodology and survey process for psychiatric hospitals that use TJC accreditation for deemed status. As previously discussed, the changes to the scoring methodology are effective for psychiatric hospitals as of June 6, 2016. TJC has now formally announced that these changes will go into effect for all other accreditation programs (including Behavioral Health) effective January 1, 2017.
Texting of orders
Up until now, it has been TJC's position that the texting of orders did not meet TJC standards. Effective May, 2016, TJC has updated this position and will now allow the texting of orders provided that certain features are in place. First and foremost, the text messages must be sent via a secure text messaging platform that includes the following specific features ...
Barrins & Associates is pleased to welcome three new clients:
Casa Pacifica Centers for Children & Families in Camarillo, CaliforniaPeninsula Regional Medical Center Behavioral Health Program in Salisbury, Maryland, and Shadow Mountain Behavioral Health System in Tulsa, OklahomaWe are pleased to be working with these organizations on Joint Commission readiness!
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Congratulations to our clients A Better Way in Berkeley, California, and CASA Recovery in San Juan Capistrano, California, who recently achieved initial Joint Commission accreditation!
Barrins & Associates provides Joint Commission and CMS consulting services for the Behavioral Healthcare industry. Our clients include psychiatric hospitals and freestanding Behavioral Healthcare organizations. We specialize in providing Survey Preparation and Continuous Survey Readiness services for the Behavioral Healthcare industry. Barrins & Associates was founded by Anne Barrins who was a Joint Commission surveyor for 13 years.