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Ambulatory Health Care/Blog Updates

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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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The ABCs of medical gas safety

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According to Dr. Seuss, sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple. When it comes to storage requirements for freestanding medical gas cylinders in the ambulatory setting, here's a simple way to understand the Joint Commission's requirements.

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03/11/2014
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Guest Blogger Pearl Darling: Ambulatory Settings Applying the “Golden Rule” in Adverse Events

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Ambulatory practices face many challenges every day. While they all strive to provide safe, efficient care, there are times when things just go wrong.

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03/04/2014
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In pursuit of high reliability

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The Joint Commission believes that the large-scale transformation of healthcare to a high-reliability industry is necessary to ensure that healthcare is consistently excellent and consistently safe. In a recent Milbank Quarterly article, Joint Commission President Dr. Mark Chassin and the late Dr. Jerod Loeb describe a model for high-reliability healthcare that incorporates the interrelated components of leadership, safety culture and Robust Process Improvement (RPI)®.

Related Items: High Reliability , Blog , Robust Process Improvement , RPI

02/26/2014
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Accreditation Essentials program essential for ambulatory providers

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Where will you be April 8-9? We hope it’s in beautiful, balmy Oakbrook Terrace at The Joint Commission Headquarters and Conference Center.

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02/25/2014
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Guest Blogger John Maurer: Asked & Answered – Questions from Ambulatory Care Conference Attendees

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Environment of care insights for Ambulatory Care customers.

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02/20/2014
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Help your medical staff shine during survey

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It was always easy to tell the medical staffs that were prepared. As a hospital physician surveyor for a number of years before becoming a field director, I had the opportunity to observe and interact with medical staffs from all kinds of hospitals. During that time, I noticed a simple trend – organizations that took time to prepare their physicians for their on-site surveys had better experiences.

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02/19/2014
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Trade show fever spikes in spring and fall

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The Joint Commission’s ambulatory team may be just the thing for your trade show fever. While we can’t offer you “The Joint Commission’s greatest survey hits from the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s,” or the ever-popular “Score-o-matic,” or “Pocket fish-for-a-standard,” we can offer you plenty of frank, no-nonsense information and resources about ambulatory care accreditation.

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02/11/2014
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Guest Blogger Darrell Anderson Asks, “Whither Goeth the ASC industry?”

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Discover insights regarding the Ambulatory Care marketplace.

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02/06/2014
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Using OPPE as a performance improvement tool

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Processes for Ongoing Professional Practice Evaluation (OPPE) and Focused Professional Practice Evaluation (FPPE) offer valuable tools that medical staffs can use to determine if care provided by a practitioner is below an acceptable level. However, OPPE can also be used as a tool for performance improvement to avoid adverse outcomes, not just react to them.

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02/05/2014
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New Survey Activity Guide eliminates mystery for ambulatory, OBS customers

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If you’ve ever tried to build a LEGO® model or whip up a crème brulee without directions or a recipe, you will definitely appreciate The Joint Commission’s new Survey Activity Guide for ambulatory care and office-based surgery (OBS) customers.

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01/28/2014
01/24/2014
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Revised diagnostic imaging standards a team effort

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New and revised requirements for diagnostic imaging services will take effect July 1, 2014, for all Joint Commission acredited ambulatory care organizations, hospitals and critical access hospitals that provide these services.

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01/14/2014
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Best of the Blogs for 2013

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After the year’s end is a good time to reflect on our ambulatory ‘musings’ for 2013. Let’s draw your attention to some of the highlights of 2013 ambulatory care blog postings.

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01/09/2014
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High reliability in healthcare

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Since publication of “To Err is Human: Building A Safer Health System” by the Institute of Medicine in 1999, we’ve been aware of the estimate that 98,000 patients die in U.S. hospitals annually from preventable healthcare errors. Recently, a report in the Journal of Patient Safety estimated that this number is closer to 440,000 deaths! Perhaps the exact number does not matter. What does matter is that many patients die from preventable errors.

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01/02/2014
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Guest Blogger Lisa Waldowski: Asked & Answered – Questions from Ambulatory Care Conference Attendees

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The Ambulatory Care Program provides answers to customer questions.

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12/23/2013
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How you can help shape the standards

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Do you want to have a say in the standards? Field reviews are one of your opportunities to make sure Joint Commission standards are relevant to the ambulatory care setting.

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12/10/2013
12/05/2013
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Our children’s health depends on appropriate imaging practices and shared decisions

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There is no doubt that ionizing radiation can improve diagnostic accuracy, preventing some patients from undergoing unnecessary surgery, and it can even save lives. Yet, this benefit is not without a cost. Though there is debate about the magnitude of the relationship, there is no dispute that ionizing radiation is a carcinogen, and that children are especially susceptible to its damaging effects.

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12/04/2013
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What hurts your patients can also hurt your staff

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I clearly recall my first needlestick as a young staff nurse. I was recapping a used needle (which was the correct procedure at that time) and accidentally missed. I remember a feeling of dread; could I have contracted something from my patient? Fortunately, I didn’t. But from that time forward, I handled all needles with extra care around my patients and myself. Later, evidence showed that recapping needles resulted in more harm than good, exposing staff to unnecessary danger.

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11/25/2013
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