Beginning January 1, 2018, The Joint Commission is requiring accredited hospitals to include non-pharmaceutical options to their pain management strategies. This is a great step forward in the integration of non-invasive complementary therapies with traditional medical care.
The Joint Commission is an independent, not-for-profit organization that accredits nearly 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. The Joint Commission’s revised requirements were developed through a rigorous research, evaluation and review process. Part of the updated requirement requires accredited hospitals to hire licensed, independent practitioners, and ‘…provide educational resources and programs to improve pain assessment, pain management and the safe use of opioid medications based on identified needs of its patient population’.