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You Share, We Share: Part 1 of our Voice of the Customer Series

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We asked our customers for feedback. No we want to share what they said. So over the next four weeks, we’ll be publishing AmBuzz blogs that address some of the key topics.

Related Items: Ambulatory Health Care , Ambulatory , AMBUZZ

02/08/2016
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Best Blogs of 2015

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Last year was a great year for our ambulatory care blog, AmBuzz, which touched on many important topics that impacted the ambulatory care community. To make sure you didn’t miss the key happenings in our industry, we put together an encore showcasing of the biggest topics our AmBuzz blog talked about in 2015.

Related Items: Ambulatory Health Care , Ambulatory , AMBUZZ

01/26/2016
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Joining Forces for Patient Safety

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The Joint Commission and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are collaborating on an initiative designed to adapt, enhance and disseminate CDC guidance related to infection prevention and control specific to ambulatory health care settings. The ultimate goal is straightforward: to prevent infections in ambulatory settings.

Related Items: Ambulatory Health Care , Ambulatory , AMBUZZ

01/12/2016
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Redefining Relationships

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Ambulatory care business development team redefines relationship with its ambulatory care customers...

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12/30/2015
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Adapting Google

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I came across an article on how Google creates a culture of innovation. The article lists eight principles of innovation, but what I found most noteworthy is how adaptable they are to all industries, including health care. So I took some time and did just that; adapting these concepts to ambulatory health care , though really, they could work for all of health care.

Related Items: Ambulatory Health Care , Ambulatory , AMBUZZ

12/15/2015
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The portal to improvement is always open. . .

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It’s been almost a year since I indicated that the consistent trend for standards non-compliance in the last few years has been the environment of care and life safety code issues. These issues have generated many requirements for improvement (RFIs) and additional follow ups after accreditation survey the last few years. Since I first brought up this troubling topic, the trend has, unfortunately, continued. However, we see a light at the end of the tunnel thanks to some collaborative efforts.

Related Items: Critical Access Hospital , Environment of Care , Hospital

12/14/2015
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Celebrating a Milestone

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Over the past 40 weeks, we’ve been showcasing the rich history of the past four decades, featuring personal profiles of customers, surveyors and Joint Commission colleagues who touch ambulatory. These eye-opening profiles touched on everything from what went into the first accredited medical group practice in 1977 to the first deeming for the CMS Medicare program to numerous personal stories.

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11/17/2015
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Planning for the Journey

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In recent years, high reliability has become more and more that “hot” destination. Health care leaders want to know more about what it is and what it looks like. The Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare’s new Oro™ 2.0 High Reliability Assessment & Resources can be a guide to help an organization along the high-reliability journey.

Related Items: Leadership , High Reliability , Blog , Oro 2.0

11/10/2015
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Our own “Dear Abbi”

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Need accreditation support? Hear from Abbi, account executive, ambulatory care.

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11/03/2015
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Be Flu Smart

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People getting the flu this time of year is as predictable as autumn colors, shorter days and birds flying south for the winter. That’s why it’s more important than ever to follow the slogan of a popular flu campaign and “keep calm and get your flu shot.” That said, it’s equally important to be flu smart. That is, be knowledgeable about current and best practices to diagnose and treat the flu as well as prevent it from spreading.

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

10/20/2015
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A Digital Decade

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We have more machines that see and do more than ever before to help take care of patients. Though we may not recognize it, one of the biggest technological advances in health care has been our ability to record, store and share patient information using health IT – electronic health records (EHRs), in particular. Used wisely, health IT can increase patient safety and deliver relevant clinical information that improves patient care and shared decision making.

Related Items: Leadership , Blog , Safe Health IT

10/06/2015
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Professional Opinions and Expertise Wanted

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As part of our process we now seek the input from the field of home-care providers. It’s with that in mind that I urge all of you who deliver community-based palliative care services to review and comment on the latest proposed standards. Your comments will be carefully considered and used to ensure we are delivering on our promise to inspire excellence in practice.

Related Items: Home Care , Home Care Accreditation

10/01/2015
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Creating Modules, Reducing Silos

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They are eight modules with one goal: compliance. We recently released the second unit of our Utility Systems Module. In doing so, the first complete module is now available in our Physical Environment Portal (PEP). This is a noteworthy event, as the module marks the beginning of a combined effort of The Joint Commission and American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) to provide information to reduce findings of non-compliance.

Related Items: Leadership , Blog , Physical Environment

09/30/2015
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Saluting 50 Years

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Thanks to additional funding support through the Affordable Care Act, federally-supported Health Centers, also known as Community Health Centers and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) are now the largest network of primary care providers in the U.S. This year they celebrate their 50th anniversary.

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09/15/2015
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Integrated Care is Here!

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I’m happy to be able to say that we now have a program for Integrated Care Certification. The voluntary program looks at the coordination of care between health care settings, starting with the alignment between a hospital and an ambulatory setting.

Related Items: Critical Access Hospital , Hospital , Integrated Care Certification

08/18/2015
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A day of experts

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Thanks to our colleagues at Joint Commission Resources, this year’s Home Care Executive Briefing will give you greater insight into how we work with industry experts to gain the information necessary to advance the work of our provider partners.

Related Items: Home Care , Home Care Accreditation

08/17/2015
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(New) Tools of the Trade

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Philosopher Marshall McLuhan said, “We become what we behold. We shape our tools, and thereafter our tools shape us.” We hope that is the case with our latest tool. Our Environment of Care (EC) standards have consistently been among the most challenging areas for meeting compliance for some ambulatory organizations, particularly for ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs). Recognizing this, we set out to try and figure a way to address these challenges for our customers.

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08/14/2015
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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.

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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: Leadership , 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.

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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.

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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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