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The people behind the scenes: Denise Henkel

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Greetings social media world! I’m Denise Henkel, payor relations manager, at The Joint Commission. My charge is to increase awareness among commercial insurers and state Medicaid authorities about The Joint Commission’s accreditation programs and certification options with the goal of attaining recognition or reliance.

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10/07/2014
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Letting others speak for us

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It is our goal to provide conference attendees with actionable information that they can take back with them to their organization and implement. From feedback like this, it sounds like we hit the mark last year. Moreover, we plan to do the same this year for the 2014 preconference and conference this November in Rosemont, Illinois.

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09/30/2014
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Standards Applicability Grid for Kidney Care/Dialysis Settings

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Elements of Performance (EPs) Applicable to the Kidney Care/Dialysis Service in the Ambulatory Health Care Accreditation Program for the July 2014 Standards Release.

Related Items: Ambulatory Health Care , Applicability Grid , Element of Performance

09/23/2014
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We listened, and we want to listen again

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I’ve gotten this quite a bit the last couple months: Hey, Michael. Whatever happened to those proposed changes to diagnostic imaging standards? To fill you in, new changes to our diagnostic imaging standards were supposed to go into effect this January and July 2015. However, after getting some additional information, Joint Commission decided to postpone the launch of these revised standards for providers of both ambulatory and hospital imaging services.

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09/16/2014
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Facts about scoring and accreditation decisions

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The scoring and decision process is based on the criticality of the standards and other requirements regarding their relationship to the quality and safety of patient care.

Related Items: Fact Sheets , Accreditation Process , Ambulatory Health Care , Behavioral Health Care , Critical Access Hospital , Home Care , Hospital , Nursing Care Center , Scoring , Accreditation Decisions

09/08/2014
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What Ambulatory Health Care Organizations and the Airline Industry Have in Common

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The who, what, when, and where of ambulatory care program credentialing and privileging: hear insights from Virginia McCollum, Associate Director, Standards Interpretation Group on this challenging topic.

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09/03/2014
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Why Organizations Self Report Sentinel Events to The Joint Commission

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This article, first published in the September 2014 issue of Joint Commission Perspectives, explores the benefits to organizations of working through the sentinel event process and how it improves patient safety.

Related Items: Ambulatory Health Care , Behavioral Health Care , Critical Access Hospital , Disease-Specific Care , Health Care Staffing , Home Care , Hospital , Laboratory Accreditation Program , Nursing Care Center , Resource , Sentinel Event

08/29/2014
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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”.

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08/26/2014
08/21/2014
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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. 12/3/14 Webinar replayand slides added.

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

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.

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08/19/2014
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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.

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08/13/2014
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Walks on the Beach and White Papers: Illustrating the Role of Urgent Care Centers

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Discover insights regarding Urgent Care providers and their positive impact on high-quality patient care.

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08/06/2014
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Facts about federal deemed status and state recognition

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In order for a health care organization to participate in and receive payment from the Medicare or Medicaid programs, it must meet the eligibility requirements for program participation, which are set forth in federal regulations.

Related Items: Fact Sheets , Ambulatory Health Care , CMS , Critical Access Hospital , Deemed Status , Home Care , Hospital , Laboratory Accreditation Program

08/01/2014
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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

07/31/2014
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Facts about Primary Care Medical Home Certification

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The Joint Commission’s Primary Care Medical Home (PCMH) Certification focuses on care coordination, access to care, and how effectively a primary care clinician and interdisciplinary team work in partnership with the patient (and when applicable, their family).

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07/25/2014
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Primary Care Medical Home Certification: The Three-Year Mark

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Marking three years since its launch, the Ambulatory Care Program makes great strides in Primary Care Medical Home Certification.

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07/22/2014
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Putting PFIs in the Palm of Your Hand

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Think back to the last time you held a $100 bill in your hands. It was quite a bit different than just seeing you have $100 in your bank account on a computer screen, wasn’t it? Basically, it prompted different actions, and that’s exactly what the recent changes to Plans for Improvement (PFIs) were meant to do.

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07/15/2014
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So You’re About to Have a Survey … Part II

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Are you ready for your survey? Hear again from two of our ambulatory care account executives with additional resources to help your survey preparation.

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07/08/2014
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Thinking ahead

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It’s amazing how if you just book the trip, you bend life to make the trip happen. So, when I mention that the annual JCR Ambulatory Care Conference is coming up in November, and that these three days can give you the knowledge and connections to set yourself apart in your organization, what do you think you should do? Hint: “Wait until October” is not the right answer.

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07/01/2014