Joint Commission’s New Hospital Standards for Interpreter Services Enter One-year Pilot Phase

The Joint Commission released its standards for hospitals’ use of interpreter services in 2010, and a one-year pilot phase began on January 1, 2011. Beginning January 1, 2012, compliance with these standards will affect accreditation decisions. Hospitals should act promptly to review their policies and practices with regard to the use of interpreters, and plug any holes before they jeopardize accreditation status.

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