The revised diagnostic imaging requirements that were to be implemented on July 1, 2014 for hospitals, critical access hospitals and ambulatory care organizations that provide diagnostic imaging services, including those ambulatory care organizations that have already achieved Advanced Diagnostic Imaging certification, has been postponed by the Joint Commission for one year.

The changes, due to be implemented on July 1, 2014, with more changes being phased in by 2015 have been delayed until July 1, 2015. This will allow for a comprehensive set of requirements, rather than partial sets in 2014 and 2015. When the 2015 requirements are released, it is expected that many of the 2014 proposed requirements will be implemented as they are currently written. The prepublication version of the final requirements will be available 6 months prior to the implementation date on the Joint Commission website.

These requirements address the risks associated with diagnostic imaging and include:

  • Documentation of the radiation dose
  • Annual equipment performance evaluations by a medical physicist or magnetic¬† resonance scientist
  • Minimum qualification for radiologic technicians who perform computerized tomography (CT) exams, among others.

To learn more about the proposed requirements in Radiology, please visit the Joint Commission Resources Website.