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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

02/17/2015
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CLABSI Toolkit and Monograph

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Access current information and find guidance on practices, as well as the most appropriate tools, resources, and education to assist your organization in reducing CLABSIs.

Related Items: CLABSI , Home Care , Disease-Specific Care , Toolkit , Nursing Care Center , Hospital , Infection Prevention and HAIs , Central line , Research Resources , Ambulatory Health Care , Infection Control

02/12/2015
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Facts about the National Patient Safety Goals

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In 2002, The Joint Commission established its National Patient Safety Goals (NPSGs) program; the first set of NPSGs was effective January 1, 2003. The NPSGs were established to help accredited organizations address specific areas of concern in regard to patient safety.

Related Items: Ambulatory Health Care , Behavioral Health Care , Critical Access Hospital , Home Care , Hospital , Laboratory Accreditation Program , Nursing Care Center , National Patient Safety Goals , Patient Safety , CAUTI , Patient Safety Fact Sheets

01/13/2015
01/06/2015
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Take Time to Reflect ... the Best is Yet to Come!

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I am often accused of not taking time to reflect on accomplishments. Instead, I just move briskly from one goal to the next. Yet, there is one time when I break this habit – as the year comes to an end. It’s one time when I am reminded to slow down and reflect on the triumphs and challenges of the prior year. So I am easing up on the gas and giving myself the time and space to reflect on all that happened in home care in 2014. I hope you will do the same.

Related Items: Home Care Accreditation , Home Care

12/11/2014
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Home Care: 2015 National Patient Safety Goals

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2015 National Patient Safety Goals

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11/14/2014
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In the company of giants

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Every now and again, life reminds you of just how fortunate we are to be living and working with the very best examples of quality in home care. Such was my experience over the last few weeks. With that in mind, I want to highlight two giants in the industry.

Related Items: Home Care Accreditation , Home Care

11/06/2014
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The Joint Commission Presents 2014 Enterprise Champion for Quality Award to BrightStar Care®

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For the second consecutive year, The Joint Commission has presented BrightStar Care® with the Enterprise Champion for Quality award. The award recognizes BrightStar Care for its efforts to promote the delivery of high-quality home health care to its franchisees through Joint Commission accreditation.

Related Items: Home Care , Enterprise Champion for Quality , Patient Safety , Quality

11/06/2014
11/05/2014
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The seasons of our lives

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When my children were small, our fall calendar was punctuated by school conferences and fall festivals that celebrated our community relationships. Now, my fall calendar follows the ebb and flow of industry conferences.

Related Items: Home Care , Home Care Accreditation

10/21/2014
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Two Requirements Deleted from the Home Care Program

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Joint Commission Requirement.

Related Items: Home Care , 2014 Joint Commission Requirement

10/07/2014
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Charting a course for success

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As a child, I remember being fascinated by the sextant on my father’s desk. It was more than just an odd-looking contraption, he would explain. It was a tool used by expert mariners to navigate their ships safely across the unseen dangers of the oceans. Even one degree off in their calculations would result in their ships sailing miles off course, so they checked their measurements regularly along their journeys.

Related Items: Home Care , Home Care Accreditation

09/17/2014
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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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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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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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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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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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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
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Speak Up: Anesthesia and Sedation

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New Speak Up infographic that includes a description of types of anesthesia, information to tell your doctor, and precautions you should take before and after receiving anesthesia or sedation.

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 , Speak Up , Palliative Care , Anesthesia , Sedation , Speak Up Infographic , Infographic

06/06/2014
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Customer Spotlight: Innovative Strategies To Improve Care and Efficiency—Season’s Hospice

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A customer interview, featured in a recent issue of The Remington Report magazine, highlights new business models and strategies home care providers, just like you, are utilizing to increase quality of care, boost efficiency and improve operations.

Related Items: Home Care , Hospice

05/23/2014
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Lynn's song

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If you’re like me, you check your phone regularly for news from family and friends. Some news is anticipated, and then there is the news that takes your breath away and makes you say, “Oh God, no!” For those of us in the infusion community, that was the case last night when we got the news that former National Home Infusion Association Board Chairwoman Lynn Giglione had died.

Related Items: Home Care , Home Care Accreditation

05/02/2014
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Enterprise Champion for Quality Publicity Kit

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Publicity Kit for the Enterprise Champion for Quality Award Winners.

Related Items: Home Care , Enterprise Champion for Quality , Franchisor Recognition , Ambulatory Health Care

04/30/2014