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Four New Members Appointed to Joint Commission Board

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The Joint Commission today announced the appointment of health care experts Grant Davies, Jane Englebright, Ph.D., R.N., and Gregg S. Meyer, M.D., MSc, and education leader Aurie Hollingsworth “Holly” Miller, B.A., M.A., to the Board of Commissioners. JCR announced the re-appointments of LaMar S. McGinnis, M.D., FACS, as chair of its Board of Directors and Clarion E. Johnson, M.D., as vice chair for 2014. JCR is a not-for-profit affiliate of The Joint Commission.

Related News: Joint Commission Resources, News Releases, Board of Commissioners

02/13/2014

2013 John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Award Recipients Announced

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The Joint Commission and the National Quality Forum (NQF) announce the 2013 recipients of the annual John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Awards.

Related News: Eisenberg Award, Patient Safety, News Releases

01/27/2014

Ambulatory Health Care, Hospitals, Critical Access Hospitals, Behavioral Health Care, Laboratory Services, Nursing Care Center, Office-Based Surgery, Home Care, Advanced Certification , Disease-Specific Care

Joint Commission Resources Announces 2014 Conferences and Seminars

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Joint Commission Resources (JCR), a not-for-profit affiliate of The Joint Commission, today announced its list of 2014 conferences and seminars. The learning events cover a wide variety of Joint Commission accreditation and certification programs including Hospital, Ambulatory Healthcare, Behavioral Healthcare, Home Care, and Disease-Specific Care Certification.

Related News: Joint Commission Resources, News Releases

01/14/2014

Ambulatory Health Care, Hospitals, Critical Access Hospitals

Joint Commission Announces New and Revised Diagnostic Imaging Standards

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The Joint Commission announces new and revised diagnostic imaging standards.

Related News: News Releases, Diagnostic Imaging Services

12/20/2013

Hospitals, Critical Access Hospitals

Joint Commission R3 Report Explains New Clinical Alarm National Patient Safety Goal

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The Joint Commission today released an “R3 Report” for the new National Patient Safety Goal (NPSG) that requires accredited hospitals and critical access hospitals to improve the safety of their clinical alarm systems.

Related News: National Patient Safety Goals, News Releases, NPSG, Alarm Safety

12/11/2013

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

The Joint Commission Releases New Speak Up™ Video on Important Role of Health Care Advocates

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The Joint Commission today released a new Speak Up™ video titled, “Ask Your Advocate to Speak Up,” to illustrate the important role health care advocates play in patient treatment.

Related News: Patient Safety, Speak Up, News Releases, Speak Up Videos, Advocate

11/25/2013

New Toolkit Aims to Decrease Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections

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A new toolkit, “Preventing Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections – Useful Tools, An International Perspective,” developed by The Joint Commission, Joint Commission Resources (JCR) and Joint Commission International (JCI), is now available.

Related News: Infection Control, CLABSI, Health Care-Associated Infections

11/20/2013

Ambulatory Health Care, Hospitals, Critical Access Hospitals, Behavioral Health Care, Laboratory Services, Nursing Care Center, Office-Based Surgery, Home Care, Advanced Certification , Disease-Specific Care, Health Care Staffing Services

The Joint Commission’s New Speak Up™ Brochure Offers Advice about Memory Problems and Dementia

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Today, The Joint Commission announced the release of a new Speak Up™ brochure, “What You Should Know about Memory Problems and Dementia,” that provides facts about forgetfulness.

Related News: Speak Up, News Releases, Dementia, Memory Problems

11/13/2013

Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare Joins Forces with the Patient Safety Movement Foundation

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The Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare, a leading non-profit organization dedicated to solving health care’s most critical safety and quality problems, and the Patient Safety Movement Foundation are partnering to host a summit to help eliminate the many preventable deaths in U.S. hospitals by 2020.

11/12/2013

Ambulatory Health Care

The Joint Commission’s Ambulatory Health Care Program Reaches Certification Milestone

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The Joint Commission’s Ambulatory Health Care accreditation program today announced that more than 100 organizations have achieved its Primary Care Medical Home (PCMH) certification option over the past two years. These organizations currently serve more than 3.2 million patients at 1,008 sites of care in 35 states as well as in Puerto Rico.

Related News: Ambulatory Health Care, News Releases, Primary Care Medical Home Certification Option

11/05/2013

Hospitals, Critical Access Hospitals

Joint Commission Annual Report Recognizes 1,099 “Top Performer” Hospitals

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The Joint Commission's 2013 Annual Report recognizes 1,099 “Top Performer” hospitals.

Related News: Accountability Measures, News Releases, Top Performer

10/30/2013

Ambulatory Health Care, Bureau of Primary Health Care

Joint Commission, California Primary Care Association Team Up for Quality

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The Joint Commission and the California Primary Care Association (CPCA) today announced a strategic alliance to improve quality of care and patient safety at community clinics and health centers in California.

Related News: News Releases

10/24/2013

Ambulatory Health Care

The Joint Commission Offers Free Continuing Education Course

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The Joint Commission today announced an updated version of the free Strategies for Improving Rapid Influenza Testing in Ambulatory Settings (SIRAS) continuing education (CE) course for physicians, physician assistants and registered nurses. SIRAS was developed under a cooperative agreement between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and The Joint Commission.

Related News: Ambulatory Care Education, Ambulatory Health Care, News Releases, Education Resources, SIRAS

10/21/2013

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

Joint Commission Alert: Preventing Retained Surgical Items

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Joint Commission Sentinel Event Alert: Preventing Retained Surgical Items

Related News: Sentinel Event Alert, News Releases

10/17/2013

Hospitals, Critical Access Hospitals

Improving Health Care Quality, Safety Defies Simple Solutions

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A viewpoint published in the October 2013 issue of Health Affairs contends that American health care will not get better or be safer until issues related to overuse of health services, process improvement tools, and organizational culture are addressed.

Related News: High Reliability, Overuse, Robust Process Improvement

10/10/2013

Ambulatory Health Care, Home Care

New Joint Commission Award Recognizes CareMinders as an “Enterprise Champion for Quality”

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CareMinders® Home Care, Inc., receives the 2013 Enterprise Champion for Quality award.

Related News: Ambulatory Health Care, Home Care, News Releases

09/24/2013

Hospitals, Critical Access Hospitals

Hospitals Still Far from Being Highly Reliable

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"The Milbank Quarterly" article urges specific actions to improve patient safety.

Related News: News Releases, High Reliability, High Reliability

09/17/2013
09/10/2013

Home Care

The Joint Commission and JCR to Host 2013 Home Care Executive Briefings Conference

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The Joint Commission and Joint Commission Resources (JCR) will host the 2013 Home Care Executive Briefings October 9-10 at the Joint Commission headquarters in Oakbrook Terrace, Ill. to provide home health and hospice leaders with the latest information on improving their transitions of care, accreditation compliance, and fire prevention and safety.

Related News: News Releases

08/26/2013

Behavioral Health Care

Joint Commission Names Tracy Griffin Collander Executive Director of Behavioral Health Care Accreditation Program

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The Joint Commission has announced the appointment of Tracy Griffin Collander, LCSW, as executive director of the Behavioral Health Care Accreditation program.

Related News: News Releases

08/21/2013

Hospitals, Critical Access Hospitals

Joint Commission, JCR Host Annual Hospital Executive Briefings

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This fall, The Joint Commission and Joint Commission Resources (JCR) will host the Hospital Executive Briefings conference to provide hospital leaders with news on important accreditation and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) updates, and effective health care quality improvement strategies for 2014.

Related News: Joint Commission Resources, News Releases

07/18/2013

Two Leading Health Care Quality Organizations Recommend Strategies to Minimize Overuse of Five Treatments

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The Joint Commission and the American Medical Association-Convened Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement® (PCPI®) recommend strategies to minimize overuse of five treatments.

Related News: News Releases, Overuse

07/10/2013

Joint Commission Awarded ONC Health IT Contract

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Today, The Joint Commission announced that it has received a sole source contract from the federal Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) to address one of the key recommendations made in the Institute of Medicine report, “Health IT and Patient Safety: Building Safer Systems for Better Care.”

Related News: Patient Safety, Sentinel Event, News Releases, Health Information Technology

07/02/2013

National Time Out Day to be Recognized by The Joint Commission and AORN

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In a letter sent to thousands of perioperative nurses across the country, The Joint Commission and the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) are urging health care practitioners and organizations to recognize National Time Out Day to help draw attention to the time out as a tool for the prevention of wrong-site, wrong-side, wrong-procedure or wrong-person surgery.

Related News: Universal Protocol, Targeted Solutions Tool, Wrong Site Surgery, Time Out Day, AORN

05/29/2013

Joint Commission Appoints Mark G. Pelletier, R.N., M.S., Chief Operating Officer, Division of Accreditation and Certification Operations

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The Joint Commission today announced the appointment of Mark G. Pelletier, R.N., M.S., as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) in the division of Accreditation and Certification Operations.

Related News: News Releases, Staff Biographies

05/22/2013

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