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Facts about the unannounced survey process

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The Joint Commission generally conducts unannounced surveys unless it is not feasible or logical to do so. All hospital and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services deeming or recognition surveys are unannounced. This fact sheet includes a table listing exceptions to unannounced surveys.

Related Items: Fact Sheets , Ambulatory Health Care , Behavioral Health Care , Critical Access Hospital , Home Care , Hospital , Laboratory Accreditation Program , Nursing Care Center , Unannounced Survey Process

02/12/2016
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Joint Commission Names Ronald Wyatt, MD, MHA, First Patient Safety Officer

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Ronald M. Wyatt, MD, MHA, is the first appointee to the newly created position of patient safety officer, reflecting The Joint Commission's commitment to promoting a safe and high-quality health care system with a goal of zero patient harm.

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02/11/2016
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Sentinel Event Data Summary

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Summary Data of Sentinel Events reviewed by The Joint Commission (as of 2/4/2016)

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02/09/2016
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You Share, We Share: Part 1 of our Voice of the Customer Series

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We asked our customers for feedback. No we want to share what they said. So over the next four weeks, we’ll be publishing AmBuzz blogs that address some of the key topics.

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02/08/2016
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What you need to know about Joint Commission Primary Care Medical Home

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The Primary Care Medical Home option enables the improvements in quality of care and patient safety achieved through accreditation to be combined with the potential for increased reimbursement when the additional requirements of a Primary Care Medical Home.

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01/27/2016
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Best Blogs of 2015

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Last year was a great year for our ambulatory care blog, AmBuzz, which touched on many important topics that impacted the ambulatory care community. To make sure you didn’t miss the key happenings in our industry, we put together an encore showcasing of the biggest topics our AmBuzz blog talked about in 2015.

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01/26/2016
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Facts about the Tracer Methodology

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A key part of The Joint Commission’s on-site survey process is the tracer methodology. The tracer methodology uses information from the organization to follow the experience of care, treatment, or services for a number of patients through the organization’s entire health care delivery process.

Related Items: Fact Sheets , Ambulatory Health Care , Behavioral Health Care , Critical Access Hospital , Home Care , Hospital , Laboratory Accreditation Program , Nursing Care Center , Tracer Methodology

01/26/2016
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The Joint Commission Awards First Integrated Care Certification

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The Joint Commission’s Hospital Accreditation Program announced today that Parrish Medical Center, a public, not-for-profit facility in Titusville, Florida, is the first hospital in the United States to be awarded Integrated Care Certification.

Related Items: Ambulatory Health Care , Hospital , Integrated Care Certification , News Releases

01/25/2016
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Modern Healthcare Q&A with Joint Commission CEO

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Joint Commission CEO Mark R. Chassin, MD, FACP, MPP, MPH, recently spoke with Modern Healthcare magazine about a wide range of issues, from changes to our recognition program to the overall safety of health care today. His insights are available in a Q&A and a podcast.

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01/14/2016
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Using the Targeted Solutions Tool® to Improve Hand Hygiene Compliance Is Associated with Decreased Health Care–Associated Infections

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The January 2016 issue of The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety features an article on how Memorial Hermann Health System used the Center for Transforming Healthcare’s hand hygiene tool to reduce health care-associated infections.

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01/12/2016
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Joining Forces for Patient Safety

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The Joint Commission and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are collaborating on an initiative designed to adapt, enhance and disseminate CDC guidance related to infection prevention and control specific to ambulatory health care settings. The ultimate goal is straightforward: to prevent infections in ambulatory settings.

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01/12/2016
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Ambulatory Care - Recognizing 40 Years

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Ambulatory Care - Recognizing 40 Years. New Profile - 1982.

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01/05/2016
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Deemed Status for ASCs

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The Joint Commission is designated by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) as an approved accreditor for ASCs seeking Medicare initial certification.

Related Items: Ambulatory Health Care , Becoming Accredited , CMS Reimbursement , Deemed Status , Toolkit for Ambulatory Surgery Centers

01/05/2016
01/04/2016
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High Reliability: The Path to Zero Harm

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The Jan/Feb 2016 issue of Healthcare Executive magazine features an article by Dr. Erin DuPree, CMO and vice president of the Center for Transforming Healthcare, on the path to high reliability. Read her perspective on how health care organizations can implement the steps toward achieving Zero Harm.

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01/04/2016
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Redefining Relationships

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Ambulatory care business development team redefines relationship with its ambulatory care customers...

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12/30/2015
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2016 Survey Activity Guide for Ambulatory Health Care Organizations

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The 2016 Survey Activity Guide for Ambulatory Health Care Organizations is now available. There are no changes to the guide or on-site survey process for the start of the year.

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12/16/2015
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Adapting Google

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I came across an article on how Google creates a culture of innovation. The article lists eight principles of innovation, but what I found most noteworthy is how adaptable they are to all industries, including health care. So I took some time and did just that; adapting these concepts to ambulatory health care , though really, they could work for all of health care.

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12/15/2015
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Ambulatory Applicability Grid

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The Ambulatory Health Care Accreditation Applicability Grid - 2015 reprinted from the Standards Applicability Process (SAP) section of the Comprehensive Accreditation Manual for Ambulatory Care.

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12/08/2015
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Standards BoosterPaks™

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New Standards BoosterPak™added - High-Level Disinfection (HLD) and Sterilization. Learn more about Joint Commission Standards BoosterPaks™.

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12/07/2015