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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
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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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Facts about the Nursing Care Center (NCC) Accreditation program

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The Joint Commission’s Nursing Care Center (NCC) Accreditation program is designed to help providers achieve, maintain and demonstrate consistent excellence for those they serve. The program launched in early 2013, replacing the previous Long Term Care Accreditation program.

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11/24/2015
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High Reliability in Healthcare: Working Toward Zero Harm

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In the latest issue of Arab Health magazine, Mark R. Chassin, MD, FACP, MPP, MPH, president and CEO of The Joint Commission, calls on all health care organizations to join the journey toward high reliability.

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11/17/2015
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Sentinel Event Data Summary

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Summary Data of Sentinel Events reviewed by The Joint Commission (as of 10/26/2015)

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11/13/2015
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Nursing Care Center: 2016 National Patient Safety Goals

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2016 National Patient Safety Goals

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11/05/2015
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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.

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10/13/2015
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Strategies for Improving Rapid Influenza Testing and Treatment in Ambulatory Settings (SIRAS)

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Strategies for Improving Rapid Influenza Testing and Treatment in Ambulatory Settings (SIRAS)- Updated free course offering for the current Flu season. Enroll in the course. Download the inforgraphic. Listen to Podcast.

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10/09/2015
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Joint Commission Leader in JAMA: Time to Address Racial Bias in Health Care

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In the Aug. 11 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, a Viewpoint co-authored by The Joint Commission’s medical director, Ronald Wyatt, MD, MHA, calls for immediate action to address racial bias throughout the U.S. health care system.

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08/11/2015
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Facts about Memory Care accreditation requirements and optional Memory Care Certification for Nursing Care Centers

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On July 1, 2014, new Memory Care requirements became effective for the Nursing Care Center Accreditation program. In addition, The Joint Commission introduced a new, optional Memory Care Certification within its Nursing Care Center Accreditation program in July 2014.

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07/24/2015
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A Joint Commission and FDA Webinar on Reprocessing of Scopes Q&A Replay

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The objective of this webinar is to provide information on the FDA’s past and ongoing activities to minimize patient exposure to infections that can result from improperly reprocessing of scopes.

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06/26/2015
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?

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04/22/2015
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