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Perinatal Care

Joint Commission Offers New Perinatal Care Certification

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The Joint Commission is offering a new Perinatal Care Certification to recognize accredited organizations looking to elevate their perinatal health care services.

Related News: News Releases, Perinatal Care Certification

07/23/2015

Integrated Care

The Joint Commission Offers Integrated Care Certification

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A new certification option from The Joint Commission is focused on helping health care organizations improve care coordination across the continuum of care, beginning with hospital and ambulatory care settings.

07/21/2015

Hospitals, Advanced Disease-Specific Care Certification

The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association launch new stroke certification program

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The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association announce the launch of a new Disease-Specific Care Advanced Certification Program for Acute Stroke Ready Hospitals.

Related News: Primary Stroke, Comprehensive Stroke Center, Acute Stroke Ready Hospital

07/16/2015

Hospitals, Critical Access Hospitals

Joint Commission & ASHE Launch Portal to Address Environmental Challenges

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The Joint Commission and the American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) launched the new Physical Environment Portal today to provide online resources and tools for hospitals to be compliant with the eight most challenging Joint Commission Life Safety (LS) and Environment of Care (EC) standards.

Related News: Environment of Care, News Releases, Life Safety Code, Physical Environment

07/14/2015

New Joint Commission General Counsel Appointed

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The Joint Commission announces the appointment of Lisa Diehl Vandecaveye, JD, MBA, FACHE, to the position of general counsel, effective today.

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06/29/2015

Joint Commission Joins White House Effort to Reduce Antibiotic Overuse

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As part of the White House Forum on Antibiotic Stewardship today, The Joint Commission announced its commitment today to increase its efforts to promote effective antibiotic stewardship within health care facilities.

Related News: Infection Control, Antimicrobial Stewardship

06/02/2015

The Joint Commission Selected as Official Accrediting Organization for U.S. Air Force Ambulatory Health Care Facilities

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The Joint Commission today announced that it has been selected as the official accrediting organization for U.S. Air Force ambulatory health care facilities, effective July 2015 through December 2019. The recognition will impact more than 8 million service members and their families who receive health care at one of the Air Force’s 62 ambulatory facilities worldwide.

Related News: Ambulatory Health Care, Accreditation

05/07/2015

Advanced Disease-Specific Care Certification , Disease-Specific Care

Joint Commission Announces New Executive Director of Certification Programs

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The Joint Commission today announced the appointment of Wendi J. Roberts, RN, BA, MS, CLNC, TNS, as executive director of its certification programs.

Related News: Disease-Specific Care, News Releases

04/06/2015

New Sentinel Event Alert Examines Safe Use of Health Information Technology

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Safe use of health information technology (health IT) is the focus of a new Sentinel Event Alert released today by The Joint Commission. The new alert examines the contributing factors to sentinel events that are health IT-related and includes suggested solutions to be implemented by health care organizations.

Related News: Sentinel Event Alert, News Releases, Safe Health IT

03/31/2015

The Joint Commission and the Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare Appoint New Board Members

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The Joint Commission and the Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare Appoint New Board Members.

Related News: News Releases, Board of Commissioners

03/12/2015

2014 John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Award Recipients Announced

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The Joint Commission and the National Quality Forum (NQF) have announced the 2014 recipients of the annual John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Awards. For 2014, three recipients have been selected in three categories. The awards will be presented March 23, 2015 at the NQF Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.

Related News: Eisenberg Award, News Releases

03/04/2015

Nursing Care Center

Joint Commission Awards First Memory Care Certification

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The Joint Commission’s Nursing Care Center Accreditation Program announced today that Chaparral House, a nonprofit skilled nursing facility in Berkeley, California, is the first skilled nursing facility in the United States to be awarded the organization’s Memory Care Certification.

Related News: Nursing Care Center, Memory Care

03/03/2015

David W. Baker, MD, FACP, MPH, Named Joint Commission Executive Vice President

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The Joint Commission announced today the appointment of David W. Baker, MD, FACP, MPH, to the position of executive vice president for the Division of Healthcare Quality Evaluation.

Related News: News Releases, Staff Biographies

02/17/2015

Laboratory

New Joint Commission Laboratory Clinical Director Appointed

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The Joint Commission today announced the appointment of John D. Cochran, M.D., FCAP, to the newly created position of clinical director of its Laboratory Services Accreditation program.

Related News: Laboratory Accreditation Program

02/05/2015

New Video Educates Patients on Preparing for Surgery

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Health care organizations and providers now have access to a new Joint Commission public service video, “Speak Up: When You’re Having Surgery,” to share with their patients.

Related News: Patient Safety, Speak Up

01/21/2015

Ambulatory Health Care, Critical Access Hospitals, Behavioral Health Care, Laboratory , Nursing Care Center, Office-Based Surgery, Home Care

Joint Commission Launches Infection Prevention and HAI Portal

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The Joint Commission is merging its two online infection prevention resources into one convenient, expanded tool: The Infection Prevention and Healthcare-associated Infection (HAI) Portal.

Related News: Infection Control, Infection Prevention and HAIs

01/13/2015

The Joint Commission Announces New Speak Up™ Campaign to Educate Public on Medical Imaging Tests

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Health care organizations and providers now have access to a new Joint Commission public service campaign “Speak Up™: X-rays, MRIs and other medical imaging tests.” The campaign, written in easy-to-understand language for patients, highlights the benefits and risks of medical imaging tests and outlines suggested precautions.

Related News: Speak Up

12/08/2014

Hospitals, Critical Access Hospitals

Joint Commission Recognizes 1,224 Hospitals for Outstanding Performance on Key Quality Measures

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Hospitals across the United States continue to improve their rates for complying with evidence-based care processes according to “America’s Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety: The Joint Commission’s 2014 Annual Report.” The results, released today, are based on data reported by more than 3,300 Joint Commission accredited hospitals in 2013.

Related News: Annual Report, News Releases, Top Performer

11/13/2014

Home Care

The Joint Commission Presents 2014 Enterprise Champion for Quality Award to BrightStar Care®

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For the second consecutive year, The Joint Commission has presented BrightStar Care® with the Enterprise Champion for Quality award. The award recognizes BrightStar Care for its efforts to promote the delivery of high-quality home health care to its franchisees through Joint Commission accreditation.

Related News: Home Care, Patient Safety, Quality, Enterprise Champion for Quality

11/06/2014

Hospitals

New Hospital Accreditation Chapter Puts Heightened Focus on Safety

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New Hospital Accreditation Chapter Puts Heightened Focus on Safety

Related News: Patient Safety, News Releases

10/20/2014

The Joint Commission Awarded Joint Accreditation™ for Interprofessional Continuing Education

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The Joint Commission and its affiliates today announced that their interprofessional continuing education programs have been accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education, the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education and the American Nurses Credentialing Center under the umbrella of “Joint Accreditation™.”

Related News: Education Resources

08/22/2014

Joint Commission Alerts Organizations to Tubing Misconnection Risks

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The Joint Commission issued a new Sentinel Event Alert today that addresses the risks of accidental medical tubing misconnections that can cause severe patient injury or death. Examples of potentially fatal misconnections include a feeding administration tube mistakenly connected to a tracheostomy tube, or an intravenous tube connected to an epidural site.

Related News: Sentinel Event Alert, News Releases

08/20/2014

Laboratory

The Joint Commission Announces New Executive Director of Laboratory Services Accreditation Program

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The Joint Commission today announced the appointment of Stacy C. Olea, M.B.A., MT (ASCP), FACHE, as the new executive director of its Laboratory Services Accreditation program.

Related News: Laboratory Accreditation Program

08/04/2014