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More than just Acronyms

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PCMH, NPs, PAs - more than just acronyms, together they’ve provided organizations and patients real results!

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

07/23/2015
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A noteworthy three-peat

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Every year, we honor organizations with the Enterprise Champion for Quality award for health care. This is a unique recognition for Joint Commission-accredited health care franchisors that acknowledges their hard work and sustained commitment to designing a health care-service delivery model that is driven by safety and quality. And only BrightStar Care has successfully achieved this recognition every year since the award was first given in 2013!

Related Items: Home Care , Home Care Accreditation , Enterprise Champion for Quality

06/30/2015
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Picture this - new diagnostic imaging requirements

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The Joint Commission’s new diagnostic imaging requirements for hospital and ambulatory care programs go into effect July 1, 2015.

Related Items: Ambulatory Health Care , Ambulatory , Imaging , AMBUZZ

06/09/2015
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Taking time out before procedures: a team effort

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It’s not just a Joint Commission requirement nor one more check on the checklist. Taking a time out is actually a team effort, with every member in the surgical suite or procedure room accountable to the patient and his or her teammates.

Related Items: Patient Safety , Time Out Day , Blog

06/08/2015
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Aiming high

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“Aim high" is not just a motto to the U.S. Air Force. It’s a way of life; one that literally takes its members higher than most people ever go. It’s also a motto we plan to follow now that we’ve once again joined forces.

Related Items: Ambulatory Health Care , Ambulatory , AMBUZZ

05/29/2015
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A trip to the library

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Organizations seek to distinguish themselves based on performance excellence, and they expect The Joint Commission to support them on their journeys. To help fulfill this expectation, The Joint Commission created the Leading Practice Library.

Related Items: Home Care , Leading Practice Library , Home Care Accreditation

05/21/2015
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Defying those challenging standards

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Defy those challenging ambulatory care standards! Reach for resources that can help.

Related Items: Ambulatory Health Care , Ambulatory , AMBUZZ

05/12/2015
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Happy Hospital Week! Read our newest blog and receive our thanks and a guarantee!

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It’s National Hospital Week again; the week many hospitals celebrate and highlight the achievements of their staff. It’s seven important days of recognition that carry over to the remaining 358 days of the year.

Related Items: Critical Access Hospital , Hospital

05/12/2015
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Flu preparedness, no matter the season

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Be prepared, be ready. Free Course: Influenza Pandemic Preparedness and Response in Ambulatory Settings.

Related Items: Ambulatory Health Care , Ambulatory , Flu , AMBUZZ , Influenza Pandemic

04/27/2015
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Unseen but results driven

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This is a week dedicated to the unseen. Health care is complex, with many things needing to happen in sequence for patients to receive quality care. This sequence requires many people – some seen and some not -- who are responsible for the care of a patient.

Related Items: Laboratory Accreditation Program , Blog

04/20/2015
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Gearing up for ASCA

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The last several years, ASCA has requested that a Joint Commission surveyor present a pre-meeting workshop on preparing for Joint Commission accreditation. This year, we’ll have ambulatory surveyors Susan Herrold and Pamela Roark present. Here’s what they have in store.

Related Items: Ambulatory Health Care , Ambulatory , AMBUZZ

04/16/2015
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Planes, Trains and Automobiles: Vigilance Needed to Minimize Unauthorized Access to Vehicles

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What do an ambulance, delivery van, police cruiser, snow plow and private car all have in common? They’ve all been stolen from hospitals by patients or other individuals in the past year.

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04/14/2015
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To Text or Not to Text?

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Read the new blog post from our COO for a quick read on text messaging.

Related Items: Critical Access Hospital , Hospital

04/10/2015
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Five Tips for a Successful Discharge

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Dr. Mary Anne McCaffree explained how over the course of the years she has developed some standard practices during the discharge-planning process that contribute to a successful discharge. She enthusiastically agreed to let me share these tips with you.

Related Items: Home Care , Home Care Accreditation

04/02/2015
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Recognition Patient's Choice Award

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As I thought more about ways of engaging staff in the hospital’s mission it occurred to me that I hadn’t often run across hospitals that offer recognition programs to physicians. Perhaps they should.

Related Items: Physician , Blog

03/25/2015
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Raising the Bar Just Got Easier

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Are you considering accreditation for your office-based surgery (OBS) practice? A recent revision to The Joint Commission’s eligibility criteria for OBS practices may make your quest more achievable.

Related Items: Ambulatory Health Care , Office-Based Surgery Accreditation , Ambulatory , AMBUZZ

03/17/2015
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All patients, all together

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At one point or another, we’ve all been patients. We’ve had ailments. We’ve had injuries. We put our care in the hands of others. That’s why Patient Safety Awareness Week is so important.

Related Items: Patient Safety , Blog

03/06/2015
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The seminar not to miss

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Let me let you in on one seminar you should be sure to attend if your focus is on ambulatory patient safety and quality: the Joint Commission Resources Ambulatory Care Accreditation Essentials workshop April 16-17.

Related Items: Ambulatory Health Care , Ambulatory , AMBUZZ

03/05/2015
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And the Oscar goes to …

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We recently watched as all of Hollywood’s elite gathered for the presentation of the 87th annual Academy Awards. As always there were red carpets, limos, fashion critics, paparazzi and some of the most glamorous ladies and gentlemen in the world. Among all this glitz and glamor, two of the nominees brought attention to a very serious topic that probably resonated with everyone watching the telecast and beyond: Alzheimer’s disease and other memory-impairing conditions.

Related Items: Nursing Care Center , Blog , Memory Care

03/03/2015
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Taking the message year-round

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As Black History month comes to a close, it’s a good time to look ahead and consider how to best serve the needs of our African-American clients and patients throughout the rest of this year and beyond. After all, the month’s important messages and efforts shouldn’t end March 1.

Related Items: Home Care , Home Care Accreditation

02/27/2015
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A peek behind the curtain

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In December, 2014 I took a sabbatical from my position at the Edward P. Lawrence Center for Quality and Safety at the Massachusetts General Hospital to work for two weeks as a Physician Fellow at The Joint Commission. A goal during my fellowship was to learn how The Joint Commission develops standards. I was not disappointed.

Related Items: Physician , Blog

02/24/2015
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Hospital Security – Different Approaches to Mitigate Violence

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The Joint Commission’s monthly Leadership blog is written by leaders at The Joint Commission to promote the sharing of knowledge and information, and to support and inspire health care professionals in their efforts to improve health care for the future.

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02/18/2015
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Setting strategic priorities for leaders

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Ambulatory Health Care System Accreditation: Setting strategic priorities for leaders

Related Items: Ambulatory Health Care , Ambulatory , AMBUZZ

02/17/2015
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Recognizing 40 years

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I’m fortunate enough to have been a part of three 40th celebrations.

Related Items: Ambulatory Health Care , Ambulatory , AMBUZZ

02/04/2015
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The Impact of Physician Burnout

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Whether we don’t talk about it or don’t realize it, physician burnout is real. Recent studies have shown that nearly 50 percent of physicians report increasing levels of stress and burnout. And those are just the physicians who realize they’re actually getting burnt out or are willing to admit it. Both the realization and the admitting are as much of a problem as the burnout itself.

Related Items: Physician , Blog

01/28/2015
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