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Joint Commission Issues New Sentinel Event Alert: Safe Use of Opioids in Hospitals

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Although hospital patients may need the strong pain relief that only opioids can provide, a Sentinel Event Alert issued today by The Joint Commission urges hospitals to take specific steps to prevent serious complications or even deaths from opioid use.

Related News: Sentinel Event, Sentinel Event Alert, Pain Management, News Releases, Opioids

08/08/2012

Hospitals, Critical Access Hospitals, Health Care Staffing Services

New Joint Commission alert addresses medical device alarm safety in hospitals

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The constant beeping of alarms and an overabundance of information transmitted by medical devices such as ventilators, blood pressure monitors and ECG (electrocardiogram) machines is creating “alarm fatigue” that puts hospital patients at serious risk, according to a Sentinel Event Alert issued today by The Joint Commission.

Related News: Sentinel Event Alert, News Releases, Alarm Safety

04/08/2013

New SAFE CARE Program to Provide Patient Education at Bedside and While Receiving Care

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Encouraging patients and their families to take an active role in their health care by becoming involved and informed is critical. In celebration of Patient Safety Awareness Week, March 4-10, a unique patient safety education program will be released to provide patients and their families with instant access to current patient safety videos at their bedside and while receiving care.

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

02/29/2012

Hospitals, Critical Access Hospitals

Joint Commission Annual Report Names 620 Hospitals as ‘Top Performers on Key Quality Measures’

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“Improving America’s Hospitals: The Joint Commission Annual Report on Quality and Safety 2012,” includes 620 hospitals that are leading the way nationally in using evidence-based care processes closely linked to positive patient outcomes.

Related News: Accountability Measures, Annual Report, News Releases, Top Performer

09/19/2012

JCR and The Joint Commission Announce Board Appointment, Reappointments

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Joint Commission Resources (JCR) announces the appointment of Sneh Khemka, MBChB, MRCOphth, medical director, Bupa International, and an expert in eye medicine and surgery, to its Board of Directors.

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

03/14/2012

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

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

Advanced Certification , Disease-Specific Care

The Joint Commission Awards First Advanced Certifications for Palliative Care

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Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minn.; Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, N.Y.; Mt. Sinai Medical Center, New York City; St. Joseph Mercy Oakland, Pontiac, Mich.; and The Connecticut Hospice, Inc. in Branford, Conn. have become the first hospitals across the country to receive Advanced Certification for Palliative Care from The Joint Commission.

Related News: Advanced Certification, News Releases, Palliative Care

02/27/2012

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

Joint Commission’s New ‘Hot Topics in Health Care’ Urges Teamwork in Transitions of Care

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The Joint Commission today 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.

Related News: News Releases, Transitions of Care

02/19/2013

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

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

Speak Up: What you should know about stroke

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Knowing the early signs and risk factors for stroke and understanding that a stroke is a "brain attack" requiring immediate action can significantly improve a patient’s recovery and prevent future strokes, according to The Joint Commission's new Speak Up: "What You Should Know About Stroke" educational campaign.

Related News: Speak Up, Stroke, News Releases

02/01/2012

2012 John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Award Recipients Announced

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The National Quality Forum (NQF) and The Joint Commission have announced the 2012 recipients of the annual John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Awards.

Related News: Eisenberg Award, Patient Safety, News Releases

02/06/2013

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 , 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

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

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

The Joint Commission Debuts New Nursing and Rehabilitation Center Accreditation and Rehabilitation and Advanced Care Certification

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The Joint Commission today announced its new Nursing and Rehabilitation Center Accreditation program, and for the first time is offering a Rehabilitation and Advanced Care Certification option. The Nursing and Rehabilitation Center Accreditation program, which replaces the Long Term Care Accreditation program, is designed to help providers achieve, maintain and demonstrate excellence in the services they provide.

Related News: Nursing Care Center, News Releases

01/07/2013

Laboratory

CMS Recognizes The Joint Commission’s Accreditation of Clinical Labs

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The Department of Health and Human Services' Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has again granted The Joint Commission deeming authority for the accreditation of clinical laboratories under the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 (CLIA).

Related News: Laboratory Accreditation Program, News Releases

06/21/2012

Hospitals, Critical Access Hospitals

Joint Commission to Offer Primary Care Medical Home Certification Option for Hospitals and Critical Access Hospitals

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The Joint Commission today announced it is now offering a new Primary Care Medical Home certification option for accredited hospitals and critical access hospitals.

Related News: Critical Access Hospital, Hospital, News Releases, Primary Care Medical Home Certification Option

02/20/2013

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

First Day of the 2012 International High Reliability Organizing Conference Off to an Exciting Start

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Day one of the Fifth International High Reliability Organizing Conference opened with a keynote address from Mark R. Chassin, M.D. FACP, M.P.P., M.P.H., president, The Joint Commission, on the topic of “High Reliability Healthcare: What’s Holding Us Back?” The conference, organized by Strategic Reliability, LLC, features academics and HRO veterans from diverse industries who will share practical steps to help organizations move toward high reliability.

Related News: News Releases, High Reliability, HRO Conference 2012

05/22/2012

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

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

Accreditation of Mercy Rehabilitation Hospital Marks Joint Commission Milestone

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Mercy Rehabilitation Hospital, a hospital dedicated to the treatment of patients with stroke, brain injury and other debilitating conditions in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, was announced as the 20,000th organization to have currently achieved accreditation or certification from The Joint Commission.

Related News: Accreditation, Certification, News Releases

12/05/2012

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