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Prepublication Standards – Standards Deletions Related to EP Review Phase III

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The Joint Commission recently completed the third phase of its EP Review Project. The project involved applying relevant EP deletions from the hospital program to the other accreditation programs with some exceptions.

Related Items: Prepublication Standards , Ambulatory Health Care , Behavioral Health Care , Critical Access Hospital , Home Care , Laboratory Accreditation Program , Nursing Care Center , Office-Based Surgery

04/25/2017
Standards FAQ

Ligature Risks - Assessing and Mitigating Risk For Suicide and Self-Harm

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What are the Joint Commission expectations for identifying and managing ligature risks in the hospital setting?

04/25/2017
Standards FAQ

History and Physical - Update Requirements

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When is an update to a history and physical required?

04/24/2017
Standards FAQ

Medication Administration - Incorporating Patient Preference Into Medication Administration Practices

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Are there circumstances when a provider may write PRN medication orders that allow variation in administration based on patient preference such as in the following examples ? Example 1: Orders are written to administer ‘acetaminophen for mild pain’ and ‘hydromorphone for moderate pain’. However, due to the side effects of hydromorphone, the patient requests to take the acetaminophen even though pain was reported as ‘moderate’. Example 2: A post-partum patient has PRN pain medications written as follows: morphine for severe pain, hydromorphone written for moderate pain and acetaminophen written for mild pain. New moms who report moderate or severe pain may request to take the acetaminophen as they do not want to take the other medications as they are breastfeeding.

04/24/2017
Standards FAQ

Refrigerator Temperature - Refrigerators Provided in Patient Rooms

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When organizations provide refrigerators in patient rooms for personal use, is temperature monitoring and log maintenance required for these refrigerators?

04/24/2017
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Seeking Ambulatory Health Care Accreditation

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Seeking Ambulatory Health Care Accreditation

04/24/2017
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Facts about Joint Commission stroke certification

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The Joint Commission offers three advanced levels of certification for stroke programs in Joint Commission-accredited hospitals: Acute Stroke Ready Hospital (ASRH), Primary Stroke Center (PSC), and Comprehensive Stroke Center (CSC).

Related Items: Primary Stroke , Stroke , Comprehensive Stroke Center , Acute Stroke Ready Hospital

04/21/2017
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Facts about the Advanced Certification Program for Palliative Care

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The Joint Commission’s Advanced Certification Program for Palliative Care launched in 2011. The program recognizes hospital inpatient programs that demonstrate exceptional patient and family-centered care and optimize the quality of life for adult and pediatric patients with serious illnesses.

Related Items: Advanced Certification , Palliative Care , Certification Fact Sheets , Certification Program

04/21/2017
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Facts about The SAFER™ Matrix scoring process

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The Survey Analysis for Evaluating Risk™ (SAFER™) is a transformative approach for identifying and communicating risk levels associated with deficiencies cited during surveys. The additional information related to risk provided by the SAFER Matrix™ helps organizations prioritize and focus.

04/20/2017
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Facts about the SAFER™ Matrix

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The Survey Analysis for Evaluating Risk™ (SAFER™) is a transformative approach for identifying and communicating risk levels associated with deficiencies cited during surveys. The additional information related to risk provided by the SAFER™ Matrix helps organizations prioritize and focus.

04/20/2017
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Emergency Management Resources - General References

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Emergency Management Resources - General References - Updated November 2016.

Related Items: Environment of Care , Hospital , Emergency Management

04/20/2017
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Simulation Training Helps Parents of Children with Cancer Improve Central-Line Care in Home

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Infections from a central line in children with cancer can be life-threatening. Today, with most cancer care taking place in the home, it is critical for parents to learn to care for central lines and prevent central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs).

04/20/2017
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The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety Appoints Three Associate Editors

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Three associate editors have been appointed to The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety: Jonathan Benn, PhD, MEd; Kevin J. O’Leary, MD, MS; and Patricia W. Stone, PhD, RN, FAAN.

04/20/2017
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Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Ohio, Joint Commission Align Quality Recognition Criteria for Antibiotic Stewardship, Palliative Care Programs

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The Joint Commission, the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care, announced today that Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Ohio (Anthem) now recognizes two new Joint Commission programs as eligible for incentives from the health plan’s Quality-In-Sights®: Hospital Incentive Program (Q-HIP®).

04/19/2017
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John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Award

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Apply for the 2016 John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Awards.

Related Items: Patient Safety , Eisenberg Award

04/18/2017
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2017 Pioneers in Quality Proven Practices Collection

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Via the “Pioneers in Quality: Proven Practices Collection,” The Joint Commission will recognize organizations that leverage eCQMs and health IT to drive quality improvement, and share success stories with accredited organizations on the journey to measuring and improving care through health IT.

Related Items: Hospital , Pioneers in Quality

04/18/2017
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Pioneers in Quality

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Pioneers in Quality (PIQ) is a Joint Commission program to assist hospitals on their journey towards electronic clinical quality measure adoption that includes educational programs (e.g., webinars for CEUs), a resource portal, recognition categories, an advisory council, a modified annual report, speaker’s bureau outreach, a peer – to – peer solution exchange, as well as having a strong focus on partnering with hospitals to provide the highest level of quality care for patients and their families.

Related Items: Pioneers in Quality , Electronic Clinical Quality Measures , eCQM

04/17/2017
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Physician Leader Monthly April 2017

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Monthly e-newsletter for physician leaders.

Related Items: Physician Leader Monthly , Chief Medical Officer , Physician Leaders

04/14/2017
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Webinar Replay and Slides: April 11 - Measurement-Based Care in Behavioral Health

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This one hour webinar provides a deeper understanding about the new outcomes requirement for organizations accredited under the Behavioral Health manual, which takes effect 1/1/2018.

Related Items: Behavioral Health Care , Previous Webinar , Mental Health , BHC Outcomes Measures

04/14/2017
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Top 10 Challenging Standards for 2016

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Frequent AmBuzz readers know it’s spring when The Joint Commission unveils an annual summary of the Top 10 Challenging Standards our Ambulatory Health Care (AHC) and Office-Based Surgery (OBS) accredited organizations experienced throughout 2016.

Related Items: Ambulatory , AMBUZZ , Ambulatory Health Care

04/13/2017
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Refrigerator Temperature - Refrigerators Provided in Patient Rooms Providing Inpatient Hospice Care

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When organizations provide refrigerators in patient rooms for personal use during hospice care, is temperature monitoring and log maintenance required for these refrigerators?

04/13/2017
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eCQM Vendor List

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View the eCQM Vendor List which includes all vendors that have embedded at least one hospital eCQM measure set.

Related Items: Performance Measurement , Performance Measurement Systems , eCQM

04/12/2017
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Overview of the Bureau of Primary Health Care

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Beginning in 1996, the federal Bureau of Primary Health Care (BPHC) began an initiative to promote the accreditation of BPHC supported health centers and reduce duplication with its own monitoring.

Related Items: BPHC Accreditation Initiative Overview

04/12/2017