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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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01/28/2015
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Breaking down the new diagnostic imaging standards

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In case you missed it, the new and revised diagnostic imaging standards were released last week. These are the same standards that were supposed to go into effect July, 1, 2014. However, after getting some additional information, Joint Commission postponed the launch of the standards for providers of ambulatory and hospital imaging services. Basically, our customers shared valuable feedback, we listened, and we went back to do more research.

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01/20/2015
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It’s Time to Solve the Long Standing Environment of Care Issues

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In looking over the standards non-compliance trends in the last few years, the environment of care and life safety code issues continue to be the most often scored non-compliant standards in hospitals.

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01/14/2015
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Best Blogs of 2014

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The results are in! The Best Blogs of 2014 - Recognizing the most interesting topics to our ambulatory care community.

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01/07/2015
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Wishing you happy and healthy holidays

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Read our latest blog from COO Mark Pelletier.

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12/23/2014
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Giving a boost

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Joint Commission BoosterPaks provide no shortage of tools that can help an organization meet compliance in a multitude of settings. The release of the newest BoosterPak – “Credentialing and Privileging in the Non-Hospital Setting” – marks the first BoosterPak released that focuses solely on non-hospital settings.

Related Items: Ambulatory Health Care , Ambulatory , Standards BoosterPak , AMBUZZ

12/18/2014
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Take Time to Reflect ... the Best is Yet to Come!

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I am often accused of not taking time to reflect on accomplishments. Instead, I just move briskly from one goal to the next. Yet, there is one time when I break this habit – as the year comes to an end. It’s one time when I am reminded to slow down and reflect on the triumphs and challenges of the prior year. So I am easing up on the gas and giving myself the time and space to reflect on all that happened in home care in 2014. I hope you will do the same.

Related Items: Home Care , Home Care Accreditation

12/11/2014
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Made a Good Catch in the OR Lately?

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Ensure patient safety while juggling competing priorities in the OR. Is it possible? The Joint Commission addresses this challenge.

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12/02/2014
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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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