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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, Health Care-Associated Infections

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

Nursing Care Center

Joint Commission Education Module Aims to Reduce Long Term Care Infection

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The Joint Commission today released an innovative online educational tool designed to apply the principles of high reliability to reducing infections in long term care settings such as nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

Related News: Infection Control, Nursing Care Center, Patient Safety, News Releases, Infection Prevention

07/23/2014

CMS Renews Joint Commission Hospital Accreditation Deeming Authority

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he Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced it has renewed the approval of The Joint Commission’s deeming authority for the accreditation of hospitals that want to participate in the Medicare program. The continued recognition was awarded for a six-year period effective July 15, 2014, through July 15, 2020.

Related News: CMS, Deemed Status, News Releases

07/01/2014

The Joint Commission Alerts Health Care Industry to Prevalence of Unsafe Injection Practices

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The Joint Commission alerts health care industry to prevalence of unsafe injection practices.

Related News: Sentinel Event, News Releases

06/16/2014

Ambulatory Health Care, Hospitals, Critical Access Hospitals, Office-Based Surgery

The Joint Commission Releases New Speak Up™ Infographic on Anesthesia and Sedation Safety

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Nearly 40 million anesthetics are administered annually in the United States. To raise awareness of the risks of anesthesia or sedation and precautions that should be taken, The Joint Commission released a new Speak Up™ infographic today for patients and consumers titled “Speak Up: About Anesthesia and Sedation.”

Related News: Speak Up, News Releases, Anesthesia, Sedation, Speak Up Infographic

06/06/2014

Nursing Care Center

Joint Commission Offers New Memory Care Certification for Nursing Homes

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The Joint Commission’s Nursing Care Center Accreditation program will begin offering a new Memory Care Certification in July to recognize organizations that provide memory care services for patients and residents with dementia and other cognitive impairments.

Related News: Nursing Care Center, Certification, News Releases, Memory Care

06/04/2014