Effective immediately, Joint Commission organizations will not be cited on a specific requirement in element of performance (EP) 5 of the National Patient Safety Goal on surgical site infection (SSI) prevention, NPSG.07.05.01. The requirement that will not be cited is to measure surgical site infection rates for the first year following procedures involving implantable devices.
On February 19, The Joint Commission released a new “Hot Topics in Health Care” that urges greater collaboration among health care providers in order to improve care as patients move from one health care setting to another.
See what's new on The Joint Commission website.
On February 20, The Joint Commission announced it is now offering a new Primary Care Medical Home (PCMH) option for accredited hospitals and critical access hospitals. Surveys for this add-on certification option can be conducted in coordination with the regular on-site accreditation survey or separately. Surveys are expected to begin this month and applications are now being accepted for this voluntary certification.
In response to comments from the field, The Joint Commission has decided not to use data derived from HBIPS-4a/HBIPS-5a in the inpatient psychiatric services (HBIPS) composite rate calculation, beginning with calendar year (CY) 2013.
All Joint Commission accredited organizations are invited to join the Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare’s Healing Healthcare Partnership™. This campaign brings together accredited health care organizations and industry to improve patient safety and lower the cost of health care.