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Primary Care Medical Home Certification: The Three-Year Mark

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Marking three years since its launch, the Ambulatory Care Program makes great strides in Primary Care Medical Home Certification.

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07/22/2014
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Putting PFIs in the Palm of Your Hand

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Think back to the last time you held a $100 bill in your hands. It was quite a bit different than just seeing you have $100 in your bank account on a computer screen, wasn’t it? Basically, it prompted different actions, and that’s exactly what the recent changes to Plans for Improvement (PFIs) were meant to do.

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07/15/2014
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So You’re About to Have a Survey … Part II

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Are you ready for your survey? Hear again from two of our ambulatory care account executives with additional resources to help your survey preparation.

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07/08/2014
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Don’t make me wait!

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People hate to wait. They don’t like waiting in line for their coffee. They don’t like waiting to find out the latest gossip. They don’t even like waiting for water to boil. Now imagine how much people hate to wait for something in which the time frame is critical – even potentially life threatening, if delayed. Unfortunately, it happens in health care far too often.

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07/02/2014
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Thinking ahead

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It’s amazing how if you just book the trip, you bend life to make the trip happen. So, when I mention that the annual JCR Ambulatory Care Conference is coming up in November, and that these three days can give you the knowledge and connections to set yourself apart in your organization, what do you think you should do? Hint: “Wait until October” is not the right answer.

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07/01/2014
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Video is worth 1,000 words

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It’s one thing to say the Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare is a collaborative effort. It’s another thing to actually see collaboration in action. Earlier this month, we proudly released a video that describes how the Center works to solve health care’s most critical safety and quality problems, and the important role that the Center’s Leadership Advisory Council has in this work.

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06/25/2014
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So you’re about to have a Joint Commission survey … and you have no idea if you’re ready.

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So you’re about to have a Joint Commission survey … and you have no idea if you’re ready. Hear from two ambulatory care account executives who can assist you with your pre-survey questions.

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06/24/2014
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Two ambulatory blogs merge to improve ease, consistency

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In this time of mergers and acquisitions, it shouldn’t be surprising that The Joint Commission’s two crackerjack ambulatory blogs are merging into one seamless communication vehicle for our customers.

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06/17/2014
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Thinking about big data

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What does it mean for a supermarket to know that on Friday nights, the same people who buy beer also buy diapers? This is a very simple example of the opportunities that come from “big data.” Vast amounts of big data, coupled with the continuously expanding power of machines and applications to analyze big data, has opened new and exciting ways for humans to evaluate opportunities and make decisions, especially in health care.

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06/11/2014
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Accreditation … a Magic Potion?

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Can accreditation help ambulatory surgery centers achieve their quality and safety goals? Certainly, but it doesn't mean that accreditation is this magic potion you take and everything proceeds smoothly.

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06/10/2014
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Before you shake hands with your surveyor, grab that “ready to go” list

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In certain circles, a “ready to go” list may not seem as important as a passport, a car title or your current cable contract. However, if your organization is preparing for survey, do not underestimate its value!

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06/03/2014
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Leading improvement: Go to the gemba

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Some of you may be familiar with the term “gemba,” while for others it may be new. Gemba is the Japanese term for “the real place.” So, going to the gemba is going to the place where value is created, where the real work is taking place. It stems from the Japanese mindset that when there is a problem, one should get as close to it as possible and learn BEFORE proposing a solution.

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05/28/2014
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Ambulatory Care Program Showcased on LinkedIn

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The Ambulatory Care program is pleased to announce its new presence on LinkedIn. We invite you to follow us and make the Ambulatory Care Accreditation Showcase Page your digital destination for timely, ambulatory-focused tidbits.

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05/27/2014
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Revised imaging requirements implementation date postponed

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While our goal is to advance diagnostic imaging quality and safety, we also need to listen to our customers and key stakeholders.

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05/20/2014
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Violence in the Health Care Setting

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Many physicians have witnessed it. A few of us have personally experienced it. All of us have heard about it – patients, nurses, staff or physicians injured or killed by violence in the workplace. Can this violence be reduced, and do physicians have a role in its reduction?

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05/14/2014
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It’s Accreditation … and I Like It! Celebrating Your Achievement

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You’ve achieved accreditation … Now what? Well, you can always go to Disney World, but we encourage you to share your success with your staff, patients and community. After all, you deserve it. Your organization has just undergone a rigorous survey and has met the highest distinction for safety and quality of care.

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05/13/2014
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Nurses on nursing

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What better way to celebrate National Nurses Week, than to hear from some of The Joint Commission’s nurses? Enjoy these thoughts and stories that capture the essence of nursing in every setting, on every shift.

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05/06/2014
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We are listening…Make the Customer Value Assessment Work for You!

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Tell us what you expect from your survey. Help The Joint Commission improve its survey process and make the Customer Value Assessment work for you.

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04/29/2014
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Getting to the heart of credentialing and privileging

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Susan Herrold, M.N., R.N., and Mary Pat Hall, M.S.N., R.N., Joint Commission ambulatory surveyors, share their thoughts on credentialing and privileging in the ambulatory setting.

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04/23/2014
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Taking care of my parents

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We know the reasons for overuse of medical treatments and tests are multifactorial. We also know that most of the time, the clinician has good intentions. But ordering dangerous tests for frail elderly patients who do not want them demonstrates lack of both knowledge and caring. With first-hand experience with this dangerous situation, I proposed a call to action in "JAMA Internal Medicine."

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04/23/2014
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Desperately Seeking (Urgent Care) Patients?

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Set your urgent care organization apart from others! Read some great ideas and resources to help your urgent care organization think like a retailer.

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04/15/2014
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What you need to know about revised ambulatory care eligibility requirements

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Whether your organization is currently accredited or seeking accreditation under the Joint Commission ambulatory care program, here's what you need to know about revisions to the eligibility criteria.

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04/08/2014
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Focusing on Provider-Performed Microscopy Procedure Requirements for Ambulatory Health Care

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Do you find the laboratory Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) requirements for ambulatory health care a little confusing? There certainly are some gray areas. So we asked Stacy Olea, field director for the laboratory and ambulatory health care programs, to provide some clarity on the requirements for organizations that have Certificates of Provider-Performed Microscopy Procedures (PPMP).

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04/01/2014
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How to reach the goal of zero patients harmed

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Joint Commission President and CEO Dr. Mark Chassin delves into the promising steps healthcare organizations can take to achieve this goal in an article published in Media Planet’s special publication “Patient Safety.”

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03/26/2014
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Five keys to performance improvement

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According to Dana Dunn, ambulatory care surveyor for The Joint Commission, there are five keys to a successful performance improvement program at any ambulatory care organization.

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03/25/2014
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