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Ancient Remedies for Modern Lives

The Joint Commission (TJC), the largest U.S. accreditation body for health care facilities, announced a revision of hospital performance measures for pain management that included the requirement of providing nonpharmacologic pain treatment modalities, effective January 1, 2018.

The specific standard (LD.04.03.13) is now a ‘scorable’ Element of Performance, meaning accredited facilities will be required to provide nonpharmacologic modalities for pain.  The Introduction to LD.04.03.13 provides examples of evidence-based nonpharmacologic strategies that could be provided, including acupuncture therapy, osteopathic manipulation, and massage therapy.

Download the official newsletter of The Joint Commission announcing the change.