New Website / New Changes

January 7, 2017

Safety Management Services, Inc. (SMS, Inc.), always wants to assure that you have access to the most recent information and documents that have been updated by our consultants on our EC-Online™ page.

The 2017 Management Plans and 2016 Annual Evaluations are now posted on ECOnline in these separate folders. We anticipate there will be several versions of these changes to documents as they roll out the different phases of changes at TJC. If you have any questions, please contact us at 847-577-6550.

November 29, 2016

Safety Management Services, Inc. (SMS, Inc.), always wants to assure that you have access to the most recent information and documents that have been updated by our consultants on our EC-Online™ page.

There are anticipated significant changes coming Joint Commission (TJC) that could occur starting around January 1, 2017 through that month. At this time, our documentation reflects Joint Commission standard changes made July 1, 2016. As we anticipate these and prepare for the standard changes, we are working diligently to interpret and develop our documentation based on some of the prepublication changes. However, we will not post, send or release any of this documentation until they become effective per TJC. Once those standards have become effective, you will receive notification that our policies, procedures and tools were updated and available through your access to EC-Online subscription. We anticipate there will be several versions of these changes to documents as they roll out the different phases of changes at TJC. If you have any questions, please contact us at 847-577-6550.

October 16, 2016

Safety Management Services, Inc. (SMS, Inc.), always wants to assure that you have access to the most recent information and documents that have been updated by our consultants on our EC-Online™ page.

There were significant Joint Commission (TJC) changes made effective as of August 1, 2016 to the Statement of Conditions and some future standard changes that should occur around January 1, 2017. At this time, our documentation reflects Joint Commission standard changes made July 1, 2016. We anticipate further changes in Joint Commission’s standards especially with the CMS adoption of the 2012 edition of the National Fire Protection Agency’s (NFPA) Life Safety Code (LSC). Currently, their standards have not been updated to reflect this adoption. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has given TJC until November 2016 to complete changes and begin to survey on the 2012 LSC. Most recently the adoption of CMS Emergency Management standards that are effective November 1, 2016. Once those standards have been updated, you will receive notification that our policies, procedures and tools were updated and available through your access to EC-Online subscription.

By now you should have received your complete Tab Set and a CD that contains the entire 2016 Physical Environment (PE) Manual (i.e. Environment of Care, Emergency Management and Life Safety) documents that were updated to align with the July 1, 2016 standard changes. If you have not received them, please contact us at 847-577-6550.