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Safe Surgery Checklist

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CMS's new structural measure on the use of a safe surgery checklist and its relationship to the Universal Protocol. The new measure applies to ambulatory surgery centers and hospital outpatient surgery, and is being considered for the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting Program.

Related Items: Ambulatory Health Care , Critical Access Hospital , Hospital , Universal Protocol , Safe Surgery Checklist

07/24/2012
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Transitions of Care: The need for a more effective approach to continuing patient care

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This paper is the first of many planned communications that will report on new developments from The Joint Commission enterprise about work underway to address the problems related to transitions of care.

Related Items: Ambulatory Health Care , Behavioral Health Care , Disease-Specific Care , Home Care , Hospital , Laboratory Services , Nursing Care Center , Transitions of Care , Papers , Research Resources

06/27/2012
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Preventing Central Line-Associated Infections

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The Joint Commission, in collaboration with Joint Commission Resources and Joint Commission International, has produced a new monograph containing the most current information, evidence-based guidance, and resources to assist healthcare organization in reducing CLABSI.

Related Items: Ambulatory Health Care , Critical Access Hospital , Health Care Staffing , Home Care , Hospital , Nursing Care Center , Monograph , CLABSI , Health Care-Associated Infections

05/16/2012
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Strategies for Improving Health Care Personnel Influenza Vaccination Rates

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This document provides evidence-based strategies recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for improving health care personnel influenza vaccination rates, along with supporting documentation that can be found in The Joint Commission's influenza monograph.

Related Items: Ambulatory Health Care , Behavioral Health Care , Critical Access Hospital , Home Care , Hospital , Laboratory Services , Nursing Care Center , Influenza , Health Care-Associated Infections

04/09/2012
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The Joint Commission Accredits 2,000th Ambulatory Care Organization

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Hopewell Ambulatory Surgery Center, LLC, located in Pennington, New Jersey, is the 2,000th ambulatory care organization to be accredited by The Joint Commission. The Joint Commission has been accrediting ambulatory care organizations since 1975, using state-of-the-art standards developed in consultation with health care experts, providers, measurement experts and patients.

Related Items: Accreditation , Ambulatory Health Care

03/27/2012
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Guest Blogger Virginia McCollum: Credentialing and Privileging-Implementing a process

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Guest Blogger Virginia McCollum: Credentialing and Privileging-Implementing a process (This 3-part content represents a summary of compliance tips originally published in early 2012, and still relevant today!)

Related Items: Ambulatory Health Care

03/12/2012
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Imaging Services

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Do you need to meet the CMS regulation for advanced imaging services?

Related Items: Advanced Diagnostic Imaging Mandate , Ambulatory Health Care , CMS , Imaging Centers , MIPPA

02/13/2012
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Replay of Urgent Care Accreditation Process and Benefits Webinar - Dec. 1, 2011

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Presented by the UCAOA and its online education series, learn about urgent care accreditation from Barbara McKee, Joint Commission customer and COO with Millennium Healthcare Management and Jim Bersot - Ambulatory Care Surveyor, The Joint Commission.

Related Items: Accreditation Process , Ambulatory Health Care , Urgent Care , Webinar

12/02/2011
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Teleconference on Standard IC.02.04.01 (Non-Acute)

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Handouts and audio replay for the 11/16/2011 conference call on Standard IC.02.04.01 Influenza Vaccination for Licensed Independent Practitioners and Staff for Ambulatory Health Care, Laboratory, Long Term Care (Medicare/Medicaid), Office-Based Surgery and Home Care accreditation programs.

Related Items: Ambulatory Health Care , Home Care , Laboratory Services , Nursing Care Center , Standards , Influenza , Vaccination , Vaccine , Influenza Vaccination Teleconference , Standard IC.02.04.01

11/17/2011
Standards FAQ

Texting Orders

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Is it acceptable for physicians and licensed independent practitioners (and other practitioners allowed to write orders) to text orders for patients to the hospital or other healthcare setting?

Related Items: Critical Access Hospital , Home Care , Laboratory Services , Nursing Care Center , Ambulatory Health Care , Hospital , Behavioral Health Care , Disease-Specific Care

11/10/2011
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Welcome Home - A New Option for Ambulatory Care

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The Joint Commission now offers a way that ambulatory care organizations can achieve an optional PCMH certification, showing to patients and payers that the care provided by the organization is patient-focused, coordinated, and comprehensive.

Related Items: Ambulatory Health Care , Primary Care Medical Home

10/14/2011
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From Survey Report to Accreditation Decision

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Your on-site survey is an important part of the accreditation decision-making process. During the on-site survey, your survey team uses the tracer methodology and other survey techniques to identify and document areas of noncompliance with Joint Commission standards.

Related Items: Accreditation Process , Ambulatory Health Care , Behavioral Health Care , Critical Access Hospital , Home Care , Hospital , Laboratory Services , Nursing Care Center , Survey Process , Hospital Accreditation Process Information

10/06/2011
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Sentinel Event Alert, Issue 47: Radiation risks of diagnostic imaging

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Diagnostic radiation is an effective tool that can save lives. The higher the dose of radiation delivered at any one time, however, the greater the risk for long-term damage. If a patient receives repeated doses, harm can also occur as the cumulative effect of those multiple doses over time.

Related Items: Ambulatory Health Care , Critical Access Hospital , Hospital , Radiation Overdose , Sentinel Event , Sentinel Event Alert

09/01/2011
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The Joint Commission and NCQA: A comparison of requirements

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This tool, prepared by The Joint Commission, compares the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) general standard areas for its 2011 version of the Patient-Centered Medical Home to the specific Joint Commission requirements for its Primary Care Medical Home.

Related Items: Ambulatory Health Care , Primary Care Medical Home

08/26/2011
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Reducing the risk of Wrong Site Surgery

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The Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare recently released the results of a Targeted Solutions Tool project on reducing the risk of wrong site surgery.

Related Items: Ambulatory Health Care

07/12/2011
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Important Reminder from CMS

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Important Reminders about Advanced Diagnostic Imaging (ADI) Accreditation Requirements from the Department of Health and Human Services.

Related Items: Advanced Diagnostic Imaging Mandate , Ambulatory Health Care , Imaging Centers

07/07/2011
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Primary Care Medical Home (PCMH) Model

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The Joint Commission’s Primary Care Medical Home (PCMH) Model is based on the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s (AHRQ) definition of a medical home.

Related Items: Ambulatory Health Care Accreditation , Ambulatory Health Care , Primary Care Medical Home

06/21/2011
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Joint Commission’s Primary Care Medical Home Option Additional Requirements

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This document lists the additional requirements (arranged by 5 operational characteristics and 12 focus areas) that an accredited organization must be in compliance with to be certified as a Primary Care Medical Home.

Related Items: Ambulatory Health Care Accreditation , Ambulatory Health Care , Primary Care Medical Home

06/21/2011
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New Primary Care Medical Home Option

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Joint Commission–accredited ambulatory care organizations now have the option of expanding their accreditation to include the Primary Care Medical Home designation beginning July 1, 2011. Read the article from July 2011 issue of Perspectives.

Related Items: Ambulatory Health Care Accreditation , Ambulatory Health Care , Primary Care Medical Home

06/20/2011
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Guest Blogger Lon Berkeley: Primary Care Medical Home

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The Joint Commission’s Board of Commissioners has approved our Primary Care Medical Home (PCMH) standards. This will enable us to launch the PCMH Initiative as an optional designation for the ambulatory care program after July 1.

Related Items: Ambulatory Health Care , Ambulatory Health Care Accreditation

05/24/2011

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