The Joint Commission has approved Medical Staff standard MS. 01.01.01, with an effective date of March 31, 2011. The approval follows an unusually short six week field review that ended on January 28, 2010. No changes were made in the standard as a result of the field review. The new standard addresses the relationship between the hospital governing body, and the medical staff leadership and also between the medical staff itself and both its own leadership and with the hospital’s governing body.
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