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Debunking Pain Standard Myths

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In the environment of today’s prescription opioid epidemic, everyone is looking for someone to blame. Often, The Joint Commission’s pain standards take that blame. We are encouraging our critics to look at our exact standards, along with the historical context of our standards, to fully understand what our accredited organizations are required to do with regard to pain.

David W. Baker, MD, MPH, FACP, executive vice president, Healthcare Quality Evaluation, The Joint Commission, discusses pain management standards.

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04/22/2016
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Joint Commission Statement on Pain Management

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Read the statement on pain management from David W. Baker, MD, MPH, FACP, executive vice president, Healthcare Quality Evaluation, The Joint Commission.

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04/18/2016
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Heightened Security Awareness for Healthcare and Public Health Community

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The Departments of Homeland Security and Health and Human Services have issued a joint resource for health care providers to support situational awareness and preparedness in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Brussels. They emphasize that no specific credible threats in the US are known. . .

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04/15/2016
03/31/2016
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Prepublication Standards – National Patient Safety Goal for Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTIs)

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The Joint Commission has recently approved a new National Patient Safety Goal (NPSG) focusing on catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs) for accredited nursing care centers, and approved revisions to existing CAUTI NPSGs applicable to accredited hospitals and critical access hospitals.

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03/21/2016
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Improving and Measuring Osteoporosis Management

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For postmenopausal females living in North America, the chances of hip fracture due to osteoporosis are greater than the chances of being diagnosed with breast cancer, uterine cancer, or ovarian cancer, combined.

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03/21/2016
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Sentinel Event Alert 56: Detecting and treating suicide ideation in all settings

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The rate of suicide is increasing in America. Now the 10th leading cause of death, suicide claims more lives than traffic accidents and more than twice as many as homicides. Access the Alert, a downloadable Infographic, and a document of related Joint Commission standards.

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02/24/2016
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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.

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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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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.

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01/26/2016
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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
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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2016 Survey Activity Guide

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The 2016 Survey Activity Guide for Health Care Organizations is now available. There are very minimal changes for only a few programs to start the new year.

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12/16/2015
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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
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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.

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12/02/2015
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