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Joint Commission explains requirements in new R3 report

February 10, 2011
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Oakbrook Terrace, Ill. — A new complimentary electronic bulletin from The Joint Commission offers an in-depth look at the rationale behind new Joint Commission standards, National Patient Safety Goals and performance measures and documents the supporting research and scientific data behind the development of the requirements.

The first issue of the bulletin,”R3 Report—Requirement, Rationale, Reference,” launches today and will be published on an as-needed basis when new standards, Goals and performance measures are instituted.

Each issue of R3 Report will offer in-depth information on the rationale behind a new requirement or group of requirements that goes beyond the information included in The Joint Commission standards and performance measure specifications manuals.

R3 Report is The Joint Commission’s direct response to requests from the field for more information about requirements and is written for a clinical audience. The bulletin will be periodically reviewed and updated based on continuing customer feedback.

According to Jerod M. Loeb, PhD, executive vice president at the Joint Commission's Division of Healthcare Quality Evaluation, the hope is that this new information will give the field a deeper understanding of the requirements and their importance.

"We want to help people understand the 'why' behind a requirement, and the capacity it has to impact patient safety and quality of care rather than viewing it as a reason for compulsory work,” Loeb explained.

The first issue of R3 Report focuses on the patient-centered communication standards for hospitals. To view the newsletter, or to sign-up to receive the newsletter by e-mail, visit