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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

Ambulatory Health Care, Hospitals, Critical Access Hospitals, Behavioral Health Care, Laboratory , Nursing Care Center, Office-Based Surgery, Home Care, Advanced Disease-Specific Care Certification , Disease-Specific Care, Health Care Staffing Services, Bureau of Primary Health Care, Long Term Care (Medicare/Medicaid), Palliative Care, Primary Care Medical Home, Integrated Care , Perinatal Care

The Joint Commission Launches Campaign to Reduce Readmissions

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The Joint Commission has developed two new resources to help health care providers in their efforts to reduce patient readmissions and improve the discharge process. The resources are a new Speak Up campaign for providers and organizations to educate patients, including an infographic, animated video and podcast; and a Quick Safety newsletter for health care professionals that includes suggested actions for improving transitions.

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12/02/2015

New Sentinel Event Alert Focuses on Preventing Patient Falls

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Preventing patient falls and fall-related injuries is the focus of a new Sentinel Event Alert.

Related News: Falls, Sentinel Event Alert, News Releases

09/28/2015

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

Hospitals, Critical Access Hospitals

Joint Commission Recognizes 1,043 Hospitals for Outstanding Performance on Key Quality Measures

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The Joint Commission announces the release today of America’s Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety: The Joint Commission’s Annual Report 2015, summarizing data on 49 accountability measures reported by more than 3,300 Joint Commission-accredited hospitals in 2014.

Related News: Annual Report, News Releases, Top Performer

11/17/2015

Ambulatory Health Care, Hospitals, Critical Access Hospitals, Behavioral Health Care, Laboratory , Nursing Care Center, Office-Based Surgery, Home Care, Advanced Disease-Specific Care Certification , Disease-Specific Care, Health Care Staffing Services, Bureau of Primary Health Care, Long Term Care (Medicare/Medicaid), Palliative Care, Primary Care Medical Home, Integrated Care , Perinatal Care

The Joint Commission Launches Free Educational Campaign on Appropriate and Safe Use of Antibiotics

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The Joint Commission today launched its Speak Up™ on Antibiotics campaign to help educate the public on the appropriate and safe use of antibiotics, as well as the risks associated with antibiotic overuse. The campaign is the first in the Speak Up series to simultaneously introduce a complete package of free resources, including an infographic, podcast and video.

Related News: Patient Safety, Speak Up, News Releases, Antibiotics

09/14/2015

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

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

Ambulatory Health Care, Hospitals, Critical Access Hospitals, Behavioral Health Care, Laboratory , Nursing Care Center, Office-Based Surgery, Home Care, Advanced Disease-Specific Care Certification , Disease-Specific Care, Health Care Staffing Services, Bureau of Primary Health Care, Palliative Care, Primary Care Medical Home, Integrated Care , Perinatal Care

Joint Commission Leader in JAMA: Time to Address Racial Bias in Health Care

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In today’s issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), a Viewpoint co-authored by The Joint Commission’s medical director, Ronald Wyatt, MD, MHA, calls for immediate action to address racial bias throughout the U.S. health care system.

Related News: News Releases, Health Equity, JAMA, Racial Disparities

08/11/2015

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

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.

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07/23/2015

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

Hospitals

AABB and The Joint Commission to Partner on Patient Blood Management Certification

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AABB and The Joint Commission are proud to announce a collaborative partnership to provide a joint hospital certification program for patient blood management. This voluntary certification, which will be available in early 2016, is based on the AABB Standards for a Patient Blood Management Program and will help hospitals realize the maximum benefits of establishing a comprehensive patient blood management program.

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12/07/2015

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 Appoints New EVP for Business Development & Marketing

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The Joint Commission is pleased to announce the appointment of Brian H. Enochs, JD, to the position of executive vice president, business development and marketing.

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09/28/2015

Ambulatory Health Care, Hospitals, Integrated Care

The Joint Commission Awards First Integrated Care Certification

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The Joint Commission’s Hospital Accreditation Program announced today that Parrish Medical Center, a public, not-for-profit facility in Titusville, Florida, is the first hospital in the United States to be awarded Integrated Care Certification.

Related News: Ambulatory Health Care, Hospital, News Releases, Integrated Care Certification

01/25/2016

Ambulatory Health Care

Joint Commission Commemorates 40 Years of Ambulatory Health Care Accreditation

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The Joint Commission is proud to recognize the 40th anniversary of its Ambulatory Care accreditation program. The program has grown since 1975 to accredit 2,100 ambulatory care organizations across the United States, supporting 8,100 sites of care handling more than 83 million patient visits each year.

Related News: Ambulatory Health Care Accreditation, News Releases

11/10/2015

Ambulatory Health Care, Hospitals, Critical Access Hospitals, Advanced Disease-Specific Care Certification

Joint Commission Offers New Advanced Certification for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement

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The Joint Commission is offering a new Advanced Certification for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement for Joint Commission-accredited hospitals, critical access hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers seeking to elevate the quality, consistency and safety of their services and patient care.

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01/20/2016

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

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The Joint Commission today announced the appointment of five new members to its Board of Commissioners and two new members to its Executive Committee. The Executive Committee also represents the Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare’s Board of Directors.

Related News: News Releases, Board of Commissioners

01/14/2016

Journal Highlights Successful Joint Commission Project to Reduce Employee Falls

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The 2015 issue of the International Journal of Six Sigma and Competitive Advantage includes an article about the results of a Joint Commission project that successfully reduced the average number of monthly falls of Joint Commission field staff by 64.8 percent and has sustained the results for four years.

Related News: Falls, News Releases, High Reliability, Robust Process Improvement

02/04/2016

Home Care

The Joint Commission Presents 2015 Enterprise Champion for Quality Award to BrightStar Care®

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The Joint Commission is proud to present the 2015 Enterprise Champion for Quality award to BrightStar Care, recognizing the national private duty home care and medical staffing franchise for its efforts to promote the delivery of high-quality care to its franchisees through Joint Commission accreditation.

Related News: News Releases, Enterprise Champion for Quality

12/14/2015

Hospitals, Critical Access Hospitals

Patient Blood Management Certification Now Available

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Certification helps hospitals maximize benefits of a Patient Blood Management program

Related News: News Releases, Patients

01/27/2016