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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.

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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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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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