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Prepublication Standards – Standards Revisions for Emergency Management in Ambulatory Care -- Updates for Federally-Qualified Health Centers and Rural Health Clinics

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The Joint Commission had recently identified an issue that affected customers that are Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) and Rural Health Clinics (RHCs).

Related Items: Prepublication Standards

02/07/2018
Blog

Second Victim Syndrome: A Joint Commission Nurse Shares Her Trauma

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In recent years, there’s been an increase in recognition of second victim syndrome, which describes mental trauma common to practitioners after a patient’s adverse health event. The Joint Commission has published a Quick Safety and recent guest blog examining the implications of second victim syndrome, both for clinicians and their patients. One of our own Joint Commission staff members reflects here on her own personal experience with second victim syndrome

Related Items: Critical Access Hospital , Hospital , Accreditation , Certification

02/07/2018
Blog

2018 National Patient Safety Goals Address MDROs, CAUTI in Nursing Care Centers

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Two new standards for nursing care centers are the newest component of The Joint Commission’s National Patient Safety Goals for 2018.

Related Items: Skilled Nursing Facility , Nursing Care Center

02/06/2018
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The Joint Commission Releases R3 Report on Revised Outcome Measures Standard for Behavioral Health Care

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For nearly 20 years, behavioral health care research has demonstrated the value of measurement-based care as a tool for improving outcomes of care, treatment or services. A new R3 Report from The Joint Commission provides in-depth rationale and evidence for a revised behavioral health care standard that became effective on January 1. The standard requires The Joint Commission’s Behavioral Health Care accredited organizations to use a standardized tool or instrument to assess outcomes of care, tr

Related Items: Behavioral Health Care

02/06/2018
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R3 Report Issue: 13 Revised outcome measures standard for behavioral health care

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Effective Jan. 1, 2018, new requirements related to standard CTS.03.01.09 will be applicable to all Joint Commission-accredited behavioral health care organizations.

Related Items: Behavioral Health Care , R3 Report (Newsletter)

02/06/2018
Standards FAQ

Contracted Services - Organization's Responsibilities

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What are our responsibilities related to services provided by our contracted organization?

02/06/2018
Standards FAQ

Test Results - Chronic Critical Values Definition

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When a patient has a chronic condition, such as end stage renal failure, and the lab values are "critical" by our hospital's definition but are expected - or "normal" - for that particular patient, the lab and nursing staff find themselves calling the same physician several times a day to report these values when it really isn't necessary. Can we develop a policy for patients with certain chronic conditions that will allow the physician to define the "critical" levels of the lab values that should be reported for a specific patient?

Related Items: npsg.02.03.01

02/06/2018
Standards FAQ

Privileges - Administration of Moderate Sedation

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Are specific privileges to administer sedation required?

02/06/2018
Standards FAQ

Emergency Cart - Security

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Is it acceptable to position emergency carts secured with a breakaway lock in strategic locations, such as a trauma room in an emergency department or an alcove on a nursing unit or any area staffed 24/7 even though these carts may not be under constant visual surveillance by staff 100 % of the time ?

02/06/2018
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Call for Papers on Improving Antimicrobial Stewardship in Health Care from The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety

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As antimicrobial resistance continues to increase and constitute a major threat to public health in the United States and around the world, The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety is calling for papers on improving antimicrobial stewardship programs in health care settings.

02/01/2018
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New Advisory from The Joint Commission on Supporting Second Victims in Health Care

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After a patient suffers an adverse event, the health care providers directly involved can suffer from difficulty sleeping, reduced job satisfaction, guilt and anxiety, as well as other emotional and physical harm. In addition, recurrent memories can contribute to more serious consequences such as burnout, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and suicidal ideation—all of which affect medical judgement.

01/30/2018
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Facts about Critical Access Hospital Accreditation

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The Joint Commission has accredited hospitals for more than 60 years. In 2001, The Joint Commission introduced its program to accredit critical access hospitals. As of December 2014, there were 1,325 critical access hospitals in the U.S.

Related Items: Fact Sheets , Critical Access Hospital , Accreditation Program

01/28/2018
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Certification for Palliative Care Programs

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New Perf Meas Req 1/1/2017

Related Items: Palliative Care , Certification

01/28/2018
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What Is Certification?

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New event - Dec 5 2014 Qucik Start to HCS Certification

Related Items: Health Care Staffing , Advanced Certification , Certification , Disease-Specific Care

01/28/2018
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Ambulatory Care Eligibility Requirements

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Eligibility requirements for organizations surveyed under the Ambulatory Health Care Accreditation Program. After a comprehensive review of survey eligibility criteria, these requirements were revised to ensure that the eligibility criteria are current, relevant, and appropriate for organizations.

Related Items: Ambulatory Health Care , Survey Preparation , Eligibility

01/28/2018
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Office-Based Surgery Eligibility Requirements

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Eligibility requirements for organizations surveyed under the Office-Based Surgery Accreditation Program. After a comprehensive review of survey eligibility criteria, these requirements were revised to ensure that the eligibility criteria are current, relevant, and appropriate.

Related Items: Ambulatory Health Care , Office-Based Surgery

01/28/2018
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The Joint Commission, American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Announce New Thrombectomy Certification

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The Joint Commission, in collaboration with the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, the world’s leading voluntary health organization devoted to fighting cardiovascular disease and stroke, now offers a Thrombectomy-Capable Stroke Center (TSC) certification program.

01/28/2018
News

Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare Appoints Director of Customer Engagement

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The Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare announces the appointment of Dawn R. Allbee, MA, as director of customer engagement.

01/28/2018
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Occupational Health Accreditation

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Learn more about out latest customer - Federal Occupational Health (FOH)

Related Items: Ambulatory Health Care

01/28/2018
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Seeking Ambulatory Health Care Accreditation

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Seeking Ambulatory Health Care Accreditation

01/28/2018
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Facts about Laboratory Accreditation

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The Joint Commission has been evaluating and accrediting hospital laboratory services since 1979 and freestanding laboratories since 1995. Today, The Joint Commission accredits about 1,500 organizations providing laboratory services.

Related Items: Fact Sheets , Lab Advantage , Laboratory Accreditation , Proficiency Testing , Accreditation Program

01/28/2018
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Facts about Quality Check® and Quality Reports®

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The Joint Commission has a longstanding commitment to providing meaningful information about the performance of accredited organizations to the public. The Quality Check® website,launched in 1996, fulfills this commitment.

Related Items: Fact Sheets , Quality Check , Quality Report , Patient Safety Fact Sheets

01/26/2018
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Ambulatory Care Accreditation Overview

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The 2017 Ambulatory Care Accreditation Overview provides a snapshot of The Joint Commission accreditation process for ambulatory care settings. Learn about survey process, standards, invaluable resources and more!

Related Items: Accreditation Process , Ambulatory Health Care

01/26/2018
Blog

Joint Commission Accreditation – A Team-Building Journey for Your Community Health Center

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The journey to achieve The Joint Commission’s ambulatory care accreditation is a process that can promote high quality and improve both patient safety and healthcare outcomes for your Community Health Center. It’s a process that is best accomplished by engaging all your center’s staff in the journey, including your executive leadership team and board members.

Related Items: Ambulatory , Ambulatory Health Care , AMBUZZ

01/25/2018
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New Study Identifies Successful Approaches to Antimicrobial Stewardship Programs in U.S. Hospitals

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A new study in the February 2018 issue of The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety identifies common characteristics and innovative strategies among antimicrobial stewardship programs leading the way.

01/25/2018