The Joint Commission announced yesterday, March 16, that in light of President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency regarding COVID-19, they will not interfere with the work of hospitals to prepare and care for patients during this pandemic. The Joint Commission is suspending all regular surveying beginning March 16, 2020. At this time, the Commission does not have an anticipated restart date. All postponed survey events will occur once normal operations resume. If any organizations go past their accreditation due date, accreditation will be extended without disruption to their accreditation status. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has assured that Medicare payment status also will not be affected.