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The Joint Commission Issues R3 Report on New and Revised Pain Assessment and Management Standards

Courtesy of the Joint Commission

“Every day, 91 Americans die from an opioid overdose, according to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. As part of a national effort to address the opioid crisis, The Joint Commission is implementing new and revised pain assessment and management standards, effective January 1, 2018. The standards are applicable to all Joint Commission-accredited hospitals.”

Starting Jan. 1,2018, Joint Commission Requires All Hospitals to Use Non-Drug Pain Treatments.The Joint Commission has released new pain assessment and management standards that will take effect Jan. 1 for all accredited hospitals. The new standards will require hospitals to provide nonpharmacological pain treatment methods. These alternatives can include physical methods such as acupuncture and chiropractic therapy, as well as relaxation and cognitive behavioral therapy.

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