New Standards CMS Standards Announced
To better assist Hospitals, Critical Access Hospitals, & Nursing Care Facilities in addressing and avoiding the deadly consequences of a Legionella outbreak, the start-date for a new set of risk-reducing standards has been announced.
Effective January 1, 2022 The Joint Commission headed by Dr. Mark Chassin has approved a new standard on water management programs. These standards cover Legionella & other waterborne pathogens (EC.02.05.02, EPs 1–4).
The new standards labeled EC.02.05.02, EPs 1–4 will replace 2 separate previous standards that covered different types of facilities: EC.02.05.01 EP 14 (for hospitals & critical access hospitals) and EP 6 (for nursing care centers). The two previous EPs will continue to be scored until their replacement scheduled for 12/31/21.
Outbreaks of Legionnaire’s disease can be devastating to the health of those affected. Legionella outbreaks are also devastating to the bottom line of the organization that bears responsibility for the exposure. The deadline has been set, so what needs to be done?
Compliance with The Joint Commission’s New Standards
In order to comply with The Joint Commission’s new CMS standards, hospitals, critical access hospitals, and nursing care facilities will need to partner with an organization that employs a certified Legionella Water Safety & Management professional. That’s where we come in.
Why Choose U.S. Water for Water System Management
U.S. Water is the only privately owned CDC Elite certified lab in Wisconsin. We have clients all over the state of Wisconsin, and we offer on-site sampling, as well as DIY/ shipped sampling plans. At any point in the new Joint Commission compliance process, we’re here to help. Whether you need the development of a management plan, sampling, testing, or temporary/permanent remediation, we have the experience and expertise to handle it all.
With over half a decade of Legionella testing, management, & remediation, the US Water Lab Team knows that it is a dangerous pathogen that should be taken seriously. However, it’s not uncommon to find out that a university, hospital, or long-term care facility does not have a water management or testing plan for Legionella.
Don’t wait until the last moment, or settle for a water testing lab that lacks a secure chain of custody. Get in touch today.