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Video is worth 1,000 words

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It’s one thing to say the Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare is a collaborative effort. It’s another thing to actually see collaboration in action. Earlier this month, we proudly released a video that describes how the Center works to solve health care’s most critical safety and quality problems, and the important role that the Center’s Leadership Advisory Council has in this work.

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06/25/2014
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Life Safety Code Information & Resources

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Life Safety Code® is a registered trademark of the National Fire Protection Association, Quincy, MA.

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06/24/2014
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Children's Asthma Care

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Three Children's Asthma Care measures were introduced for implementation effective April 1, 2007. Data collection for the measure set began with April 2007 discharges. CAC-3 was initially implemented as a test measure pending National Quality Forum (NQF) endorsement.

Related Items: Hospital , Performance Measurement , Core Measure Set , Transitions of Care and Performance Measurement

06/24/2014
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So you’re about to have a Joint Commission survey … and you have no idea if you’re ready.

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So you’re about to have a Joint Commission survey … and you have no idea if you’re ready. Hear from two ambulatory care account executives who can assist you with your pre-survey questions.

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

06/24/2014
Standards FAQ

Primary Care Medical Home

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The Joint Commission recently approved several revisions to the PCMH requirements applicable to ambulatory care organizations. Some of the revisions pertain to the participation of physicians in team-based care by requiring that a physician always be available to be part of the interdisciplinary team when a physician’s involvement is required to meet the needs of individual patients. It is expected that health care providers work collaboratively together to meet the needs of the patient. The Joint Commission has received several questions about these standards changes and the following FAQs were developed to address them:

Related Items: Leadership , Primary Care Medical Home , Care Treatment and Services

06/23/2014
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Surgical Care Improvement Project

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The Surgical Care Improvement Project (SCIP) is a national quality partnership of organizations interested in improving surgical care by significantly reducing surgical complications. SCIP Partners include the Steering Committee of 10 national organizations who have pledged their commitment. . .

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

06/23/2014
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Why Choose Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification

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Now, with the Guidance of the Brain Attack Coalition, The Joint Commission has developed an Advanced Certification for Comprehensive Stroke Centers; those hospitals that have specific abilities to receive and treat the most complex stroke cases.

Related Items: Benefits of Certification , Comprehensive Stroke Center

06/20/2014
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Revised Hospital and Critical Access Hospital Requirements to Align with CMS

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In fall 2013, The Joint Commission reapplied to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for deeming authority for accredited hospitals. In response to CMS’s review of its application, The Joint Commission developed and revised several elements of performance.

Related Items: Prepublication Standards , CMS , Critical Access Hospital , Deemed Status , Hospital

06/20/2014
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New for Critical Access Hospitals: Waived Testing Requirements

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The Joint Commission recently approved new waived testing requirements for Critical Access Hospitals, effective January 1, 2015. The Joint Commission determined that because critical access hospitals provide similar services to those of small rural hospitals, critical access hospitals should have...

Related Items: Prepublication Standards , Critical Access Hospital , Waived Testing

06/20/2014
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Revisions to NPSG.15.02.01 on Home Oxygen Use

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The Joint Commission recently approved modifications to National Patient Safety Goal NPSG.15.02.01 on risks associated with home oxygen use for accredited home care organizations. These modifications enhance the Goal’s focus on patient safety and clarify specific requirements.

Related Items: Prepublication Standards , Home Care , National Patient Safety Goals

06/20/2014
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Prepublication Standards - Revisions to Human Resources Chapter for Behavioral Health Care

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As announced in the July 2014 issue of Perspectives, The Joint Commission recently completed revisions to the Human Resources (HR) chapter of the Comprehensive Accreditation Manual for Behavioral Health Care (CAMBHC), effective January 1, 2015.

Related Items: Prepublication Standards , Behavioral Health Care

06/20/2014
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2014 Disease-Specific Care Review Process Guide

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The 2014 Disease Specific Care Review Process Guide for organizations.

Related Items: Becoming Certified , Certification Process , Disease-Specific Care , Resource

06/19/2014
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"Accreditation Tips and Topics" - BHC Emails

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Accreditation Tips and Topics is a monthly email of helpful tips and topics for organizations in the process of achieving Behavioral Health accreditation.

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06/18/2014
Blog

The Integration of Mental Health and Medical Care – The Future

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Two forces are fueling national changes to the practice of psychiatry – and potentially bringing psychiatric and mental health care services with medical care together.

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06/18/2014
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Audio/Visual Files for Jun 11 webinar: Strategies to address HR/Staffing challenges

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Webinar for behavioral health organizations about addressing HR/staffing challenges, including using accreditation as a framework for success.

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06/17/2014
Blog

Two ambulatory blogs merge to improve ease, consistency

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In this time of mergers and acquisitions, it shouldn’t be surprising that The Joint Commission’s two crackerjack ambulatory blogs are merging into one seamless communication vehicle for our customers.

Related Items: Ambulatory Advisor , Ambulatory , AMBUZZ

06/17/2014
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Meet the members of our Home Care Advisory Council

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Representatives of accredited home care organizations who provide advice.

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06/17/2014
News

The Joint Commission Alerts Health Care Industry to Prevalence of Unsafe Injection Practices

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The Joint Commission alerts health care industry to prevalence of unsafe injection practices.

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06/16/2014
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Sentinel Event Alert Issue 52: Preventing infection from the misuse of vials

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Thousands of patients have been adversely affected by the misuse of single-dose/single-use and multiple-dose vials.

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06/16/2014
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Ambulatory Health Care Advisory Council Members

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Listing of the members of the Medical/Diagnostic and Therapeutic Advisory Council and Surgical Advisory Council for the Ambulatory Health Care program.

Related Items: Ambulatory Health Care Accreditation

06/12/2014
Blog

Thinking about big data

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What does it mean for a supermarket to know that on Friday nights, the same people who buy beer also buy diapers? This is a very simple example of the opportunities that come from “big data.” Vast amounts of big data, coupled with the continuously expanding power of machines and applications to analyze big data, has opened new and exciting ways for humans to evaluate opportunities and make decisions, especially in health care.

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06/11/2014
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Financial Publications

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Joint Commission financial statements and forms.

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06/11/2014
Blog

Accreditation … a Magic Potion?

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Can accreditation help ambulatory surgery centers achieve their quality and safety goals? Certainly, but it doesn't mean that accreditation is this magic potion you take and everything proceeds smoothly.

Related Items: AMBUZZ , Ambulatory , Ambulatory Advisor

06/10/2014
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Emergency Management Resources - Legal/Ethical Issues

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Legal/Ethical Emergency Management Resources. See the Joint Commission Emergency Management Portal for additional resources.

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06/06/2014
News

The Joint Commission Releases New Speak Up™ Infographic on Anesthesia and Sedation Safety

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Nearly 40 million anesthetics are administered annually in the United States. To raise awareness of the risks of anesthesia or sedation and precautions that should be taken, The Joint Commission released a new Speak Up™ infographic today for patients and consumers titled “Speak Up: About Anesthesia and Sedation.”

Related Items: Sedation , Speak Up , Anesthesia , News Releases , Speak Up Infographic

06/06/2014

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