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Quality Improvement Tools

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Tools ready for use by C-Suite leaders and organizational quality and safety teams.

Related Items: Quality Improvement Tools , Core Measure Solutions Exchange , Targeted Solutions Tool , Standards BoosterPak , Leading Practice Library

08/28/2014
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Physician Leader Monthly - August 2014

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Monthly e-newsletter for physician leaders.

Related Items: Physician , Physician Leader Monthly , Chief Medical Officer

08/27/2014
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Standards BoosterPaks™

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New Standards BoosterPaks™added - Waived Testing. Learn more about Joint Commission Standards BoosterPaks™.

Related Items: Ambulatory Health Care , Critical Access Hospital , Home Care , Hospital , Laboratory Services , Nursing Care Center , Standards BoosterPak , Quality Improvement Tools , Behavioral Health Home

08/26/2014
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Applying High Reliability Principles to Infection Prevention and Control in Long Term Care

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Do you work in a nursing home, assisted living facility or related health care setting? View this easy-to-use, engaging e-learning tool designed for staff across all levels and disciplines.

Related Items: Research Resources , Infection Control , Nursing Care Center , Infection Prevention , High Reliability

08/26/2014
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A few extra words

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Learn more about standards changes for ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) that use The Joint Commission for Medicare “deeming”.

Related Items: Ambulatory , Ambulatory Advisor , AMBUZZ , Ambulatory Health Care , Deemed Status

08/26/2014
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Heart Failure

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In May 2001, the Joint Commission announced four initial core measurement areas for hospitals, which included acute myocardial infarction (AMI) and heart failure (HF).

Related Items: Performance Measurement , Core Measure Set

08/22/2014
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Certification Systems List

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View the Certification Systems List which includes all performance measurement systems that support at least one hospital certification measure set.

Related Items: Performance Measurement

08/22/2014
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The Joint Commission Awarded Joint Accreditation™ for Interprofessional Continuing Education

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The Joint Commission and its affiliates today announced that their interprofessional continuing education programs have been accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education, the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education and the American Nurses Credentialing Center under the umbrella of “Joint Accreditation™.”

Related Items: Education Resources

08/22/2014
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Pneumonia Measures

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The Joint Commission collaborated with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) as well as the Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA), the American Thoracic Society (ATS), the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Related Items: Performance Measurement , Core Measure Set , Vaccinations , Health Care-Associated Infections , Vaccination , Vaccine

08/22/2014
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Acute Myocardial Infarction

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AMI Core Measure Set Information

Related Items: Performance Measurement , Core Measures , Core Measure Set

08/22/2014
08/21/2014
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Prepublication Standards - Revisions to Deemed Program Requirements Related to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Burden Reduction Final Rule

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In May 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published changes to Medicare Conditions of Participation (CoPs) for hospitals in a final rule entitled “Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Regulatory Provisions to Promote Program Efficiency, Transparency, and Burden Reduction; Part II.”

Related Items: Prepublication Standards , Critical Access Hospital , Hospital

08/21/2014
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Prepublication Standards

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New Prepublication Standards are now available.

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08/21/2014
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Prepublication Standards – Standards Revisions for the ASC Deemed Program

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In 2014, The Joint Commission applied to CMS for deeming authority for accredited ambulatory surgical centers (ASCs). In response to CMS’s review of its application, The Joint Commission revised several standards and elements of performance (EPs) for the Ambulatory Care Accreditation Program.

Related Items: Prepublication Standards , Ambulatory Health Care

08/21/2014
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Prepublication Standards - Requirements Deleted from the Home Care Accreditation Program

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The Joint Commission recently approved deletions to two elements of performance (EPs) within the Home Care accreditation program.

Related Items: Prepublication Standards , Home Care

08/21/2014
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Joint Commission Alerts Organizations to Tubing Misconnection Risks

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The Joint Commission issued a new Sentinel Event Alert today that addresses the risks of accidental medical tubing misconnections that can cause severe patient injury or death. Examples of potentially fatal misconnections include a feeding administration tube mistakenly connected to a tracheostomy tube, or an intravenous tube connected to an epidural site.

Related Items: Sentinel Event Alert , News Releases

08/20/2014
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Specifications Manual for Joint Commission National Quality Core Measures

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The Specifications Manual for Joint Commission National Quality Core Measures includes HBIPS and PC core measure sets that are not common to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Related Items: Performance Measurement , Specifications Manuals

08/20/2014
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Technical Assistance Teleconference List

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Listen to audio replays of the Bureau of Primary Healthcare's monthly technical assistance teleconferences.

Related Items: Ambulatory Health Care , BPHC - Teleconferences

08/20/2014
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Sentinel Event Alert 53: Managing risk during transition to new ISO tubing connector standards

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Tubing misconnections continue to cause severe patient injury and death, since tubes with different functions can easily be connected using luer connectors, or connections can be “rigged” (constructed) using adapters, tubing or catheters.

Related Items: Ambulatory Health Care , Critical Access Hospital , Home Care , Hospital , Nursing Care Center , Sentinel Event , Sentinel Event Alert

08/20/2014
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Fighting costly and complex … with your help

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You got a taste four months ago. Now, it’s time for the first course. Back in April, I wrote a blog mentioning an upcoming article I was writing for The Journal of Integrated Healthcare Delivery. I’m happy to say that article, Developing a Strategy for Change, published July 1.

Related Items: Blog , Physician

08/20/2014
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Top Eight Best Practices for Urgent Care Centers

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Improving the Quality of Care and Communication During Patient Transitions. See the Top Eight Best Practices for Urgent Care Centers.

Related Items: Ambulatory , AMBUZZ , Ambulatory Advisor , Ambulatory Health Care

08/19/2014
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The measure of good counsel

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As a part of our work to renew our Home Health deemed status relationship with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), The Joint Commission recently made some revisions to element of performance (EP) three of standard PC 01.02.05. In short, we clarified the EP to more clearly define who could conduct the initial comprehensive assessment of the Medicare patient when the patient is only going to receive rehabilitation therapy services.

Related Items: Home Care Accreditation , Home Care , CMS

08/18/2014
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Audio/Visual files from Aug 13 webinar: Overcoming Challenges to Person-Centered Care/Treatment/Service Planning

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Joint Commission staff discuss tips for care/treatment/service planning in behavioral health care accreditation.

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08/18/2014
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The people behind the scenes: Chad Larson

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Often, it’s easier to work with someone when you have a face to go with a name. Yet, with so much of our day-to-day contact with others being over the phone or via email, faces are in short supply. I want to change that. From time to time I’m going to interview new members of our team so you can better know them and how they can help you -- our ambulatory customers.

Related Items: Ambulatory , AMBUZZ , Ambulatory Advisor , Ambulatory Health Care

08/13/2014
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Share the Extraordinary Moments at your Organization

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Nurses and other health care professionals do remarkable things that touch, improve and heal the lives of patients and their families each day. However, these events get little media coverage. We want to change that. Here are two amazing examples, and we ask our readers to send us more.

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08/13/2014
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