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New structure, better results

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If one is good, two is better. If you’re talking about speeding tickets, you’d probably disagree. But if you’re talking about pay raises, vacation days or pounds lost, I think you’d agree. So when I mention that there will now be two surveyors instead of one on your survey team, think of it like you would the pay raises.

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11/20/2014
11/19/2014
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Inspiring Change

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The health care industry is changing rapidly. With that change comes ever-increasing challenges: payment changes, government mandates, public reporting, technology costs, and informing and engaging patients. The impact to physicians is enormous. Even though physicians find great pride and satisfaction in caring for people, burnout is a real concern. That got me thinking about how physicians can LEAD change instead of being the recipients of change.

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11/12/2014
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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.

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11/06/2014
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What You Can Do to Prevent Health IT-Related Sentinel Events

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Health Information Technology plays an increasingly important role in modern healthcare. Learn how to ensure you're using it wisely - and safely!

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11/05/2014
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Envisioning a safety culture - The perspective of one psychiatric hospital

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To me, it’s one of the most moving and inspiring, parts of surveying an accredited psychiatric hospital. As the last day rolls around and the leadership session begins invariably the subject of high reliability in health care comes up. That topic usually spawns talk of how staff and leadership envision a safety culture at their facility. As a surveyor and field director, I have had the privilege to witness many of these conversations, and they rarely fail to move me.

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10/29/2014
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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.

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10/21/2014
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Crisis Response

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Every day, there is more news about Ebola. While the CDC remains a primary source of information, we know our customers, along with other health care organizations, are looking to us for guidance, too. So we are launching a new Ebola Preparedness page on our website that will house all our Ebola resources and link to credible outside resources as well.

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10/17/2014
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PCMH Certification at work, no matter the location

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When it comes to The Joint Commission’s Primary Care Medical Home (PCMH) Certification, Sand Point Community Health Center really took the model to heart. Sand Point CHC adopted the PCMH model about three years ago as a primary care delivery site of Eastern Aleutian Tribes, a Federally Qualified Health Center supported by a grant from the federal Health Resources and Services Administration.

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10/16/2014
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The Tragedy of Physician Suicide

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In early September, an op-ed by Dr. Pranay Sinha, titled “Why Do Doctors Commit Suicide?,” appeared in The New York Times. The author spoke to the tragedy that is suicide, specifically about new physicians as they negotiate the difficulties of residency education. The statistics alone were worth the read – nearly 10 percent of fourth-year medical students and first-year residents reported having suicidal thoughts in the prior two weeks.

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10/08/2014
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The people behind the scenes: Denise Henkel

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Greetings social media world! I’m Denise Henkel, payor relations manager, at The Joint Commission. My charge is to increase awareness among commercial insurers and state Medicaid authorities about The Joint Commission’s accreditation programs and certification options with the goal of attaining recognition or reliance.

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10/07/2014
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Letting others speak for us

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It is our goal to provide conference attendees with actionable information that they can take back with them to their organization and implement. From feedback like this, it sounds like we hit the mark last year. Moreover, we plan to do the same this year for the 2014 preconference and conference this November in Rosemont, Illinois.

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09/30/2014
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It’s all about spreading the positive stories -- Continuing the #HealingStories

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It’s all about spreading the positive stories. In last month’s Leadership Blog, I wrote about two examples of health care professionals going above and beyond to improve the lives of their patients. I also invited readers to respond with their own stories of caring and compassionate staff who have gone to extraordinary lengths to support patients, both physically and emotionally. I was happy that readers responded with several additional examples that we are proud to share.

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09/24/2014
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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.

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09/17/2014
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We listened, and we want to listen again

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I’ve gotten this quite a bit the last couple months: Hey, Michael. Whatever happened to those proposed changes to diagnostic imaging standards? To fill you in, new changes to our diagnostic imaging standards were supposed to go into effect this January and July 2015. However, after getting some additional information, Joint Commission decided to postpone the launch of these revised standards for providers of both ambulatory and hospital imaging services.

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09/16/2014
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Doing No Harm

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Primum non nocere – Not many of us remember Latin phrases, but all physicians recognize this one: First, do no harm. That motto has been one of the principal ethical obligations of physicians ever since it was declared by Hippocrates, the father of Western medicine

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09/10/2014
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What Ambulatory Health Care Organizations and the Airline Industry Have in Common

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The who, what, when, and where of ambulatory care program credentialing and privileging: hear insights from Virginia McCollum, Associate Director, Standards Interpretation Group on this challenging topic.

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09/03/2014
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Teach a Patient to Fish - Part 1 of a series on patient engagement

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Partnerships, be it patients and health care professionals or policymakers and government agencies, are essential. Even Avedis Donabedian – the originator of the measurement triad of structure, process and outcomes for evaluating clinical quality – proposed a patient-centric definition in 1966 in which the patient’s involvement “is the ultimate validator of the quality of care.”

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09/03/2014
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A few extra words

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Learn more about standards changes for ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) that use The Joint Commission for Medicare “deeming”.

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08/26/2014
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Fighting costly and complex … with your help

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You got a taste four months ago. Now, it’s time for the first course. Back in April, I wrote a blog mentioning an upcoming article I was writing for The Journal of Integrated Healthcare Delivery. I’m happy to say that article, Developing a Strategy for Change, published July 1.

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08/20/2014
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Top Eight Best Practices for Urgent Care Centers

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Improving the Quality of Care and Communication During Patient Transitions. See the Top Eight Best Practices for Urgent Care Centers.

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08/19/2014
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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.

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08/18/2014
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The people behind the scenes: Chad Larson

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Often, it’s easier to work with someone when you have a face to go with a name. Yet, with so much of our day-to-day contact with others being over the phone or via email, faces are in short supply. I want to change that. From time to time I’m going to interview new members of our team so you can better know them and how they can help you -- our ambulatory customers.

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08/13/2014
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Share the Extraordinary Moments at your Organization

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Nurses and other health care professionals do remarkable things that touch, improve and heal the lives of patients and their families each day. However, these events get little media coverage. We want to change that. Here are two amazing examples, and we ask our readers to send us more.

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08/13/2014
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Walks on the Beach and White Papers: Illustrating the Role of Urgent Care Centers

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Discover insights regarding Urgent Care providers and their positive impact on high-quality patient care.

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08/06/2014
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