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Ambulatory Health Care/Blog Updates

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Standards Compliance Challenges

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Ambulatory Health Care and Office-Based Surgery Top Standards Compliance Data for 2015 Unveiled.

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04/28/2016
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Boost your IC IQ!

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Need a boost with your infection prevention and control practices? We have just the resource you need – the High Level Disinfection (HLD) and Sterilization BoosterPak.

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04/12/2016
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A Conference Checklist for 2016

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Need standards compliance training? Attending a Joint Commission Resources (JCR) conference is the easiest way to get that training and much more.

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03/22/2016
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Tools to Succeed - Part 5 of our Voice of the Customer Series

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For some organizations, achieving accreditation seems like a daunting task on par with the pyramids. So it was no surprise when we surveyed ambulatory organizations for our “Voice of the Customer” series that tools and resources for achieving accreditation was a top priority. What did come as a surprise was that participants simply didn’t realize how many tools and resources The Joint Commission currently has to offer, or that they came in the formats they preferred.

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03/09/2016
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Aiming for Consistency - Part 4 of our Voice of the Customer Series

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As we surveyed ambulatory organizations for our “Voice of the Customer” series, consistency was something that came up often, and was scored as a high priority during our accreditation process. The only problem is those same organizations felt it was also something we sometimes lacked when it came to interpreting standards.

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03/01/2016
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Making Standards Relevant - Part 3 of our Voice of the Customer Series

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Our customers work in ambulatory settings. Not hospital settings; not outpatient settings – ambulatory settings. So it makes sense they want standards relevant to ambulatory settings, and that’s exactly what we strive to do. When we started our “Voice of the Customer” series, we said we’d be transparent, and we meant it. That’s why I’m sharing that while relevant standards was scored as a high priority during our accreditation process, how we performed in that area did not fare as well.

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02/23/2016
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Surveying Our Surveys - Part 2 of our Voice of the Customer Series

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One phrase is often most associated with The Joint Commission in the minds of health care organizations and staff – on-site surveys. So it was no surprise our customers marked the desire for surveyors to provide an educationally focused on-site survey as the highest priority in our “Voice of the Customer” surveys. The great news is The Joint Commission meets their expectations.

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02/17/2016
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Addressing the No. 1 issue

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When something is ranked No. 1, it’s best to take notice. When it’s the No. 1 cause of immediate threat to life and preliminary denial of accreditation, it’s even better to take action. So we did with our latest BoosterPak.

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02/12/2016
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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12/15/2015
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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.

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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.

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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.

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10/06/2015
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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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(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!

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07/23/2015
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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.

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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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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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