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Statement on Proposed CMS Rule Regarding Private Accreditation Reports

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The Joint Commission’s public comment on a proposal that would require survey reports to be available on accreditors’ public websites.

Related Items: In The News , News Releases

06/01/2017
Standards FAQ

Nursing Assessments - Licensed Practical Nurse

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Can a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) perform assessments?

06/01/2017
Topics Library

Complimentary Webinar: Overview of The Joint Commission’s Medication Compounding Certification Program for Compounding Pharmacies

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The Medication Compounding certification program is for organizations who participate in compounding pharmaceuticals. This webinar focuses on the review of standards, organization preparedness, risk assessment and reviewer insights of the certification process.

Related Items: Disease-Specific Care

05/31/2017
Topics Library

Webinar Replay and Slides: May 30 - Why Choose Joint Commission for Behavioral Health Accreditation

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This one hour webinar is sponsored by Billing Solutions for Behavioral Health and presented by Joint Commission staff.

Related Items: Behavioral Health Care , Previous Webinar , Mental Health

05/31/2017
Standards FAQ

Language Access Services - Bilingual Provider (physician, nurse, etc.) Serving as an Interpreter for a Fellow Provider

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If the bilingual provider (physician, nurse, etc.) serves as an interpreter for a fellow provider (i.e., the patient and provider speak different languages and a bilingual provider is facilitating communication between them), does the requirement found at HR.01.02.01 EP 1 apply?

05/31/2017
Blog

New & Improved: Redesigned Post-Survey Process Form

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As part of The Joint Commission’s Project REFRESH multiphase process improvement project, we’re excited to present customers a redesigned Evidence of Standards Compliance (ESC) form this July.

Related Items: Survey Process , Ambulatory , Blog , AMBUZZ , Standards , Accreditation , Ambulatory Health Care , Office-Based Surgery

05/31/2017
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?

05/31/2017
Blog

Thrombectomy Stroke Certification Offered Next Year

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Read our blog on the new thrombectomy certification for stroke offered in January.

Related Items: Stroke , Certification , Blog , Hospital , Accreditation

05/31/2017
Standards FAQ

Medical Equipment - Storage of Needles and Syringes

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What are the Joint Commission requirements regarding storage of needles and syringes?

05/31/2017
Standards FAQ

Patient race and Ethnicity - Data Collection

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Can the patient’s race and ethnicity data be collected in the same question?

05/30/2017
Standards FAQ

Medical Record - Preferred Language

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Are organizations required to use the term “preferred” language in order to comply with Standards RC.02.01.01, EP 1 (medical record contains the patient’s communication needs, including preferred language for discussing health care) and PC.02.01.21, EP 1 (identification of the patient’s communication needs, including the patient’s preferred language for discussing health care)? My organization is collecting the patient’s “primary” language – does this meet The Joint Commission’s requirement for the collection of “preferred” language?

05/30/2017
Blog

What’s Your Board’s Competency in Quality and Safety?

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Board members play a vital role in ensuring high-quality care and patient safety in health care organizations. However, a new study suggests problematic gaps between what board members think they know and what they do in regards to quality and safety, as well as board members’ capability in quality and safety, as assessed by safety and quality leaders (SQLs) at their own health care organizations.

Related Items: Blog , Hospital , Leadership

05/30/2017
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Medication Compounding Certification

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medication compounding launch 02/15/17

Related Items: Hospital , Critical Access Hospital , Home Care , Certification

05/26/2017
Topics Library

Joint Commission, CDC Collaborating on Ambulatory Infection Prevention Project

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The Joint Commission and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are collaborating on an initiative designed to adapt, enhance and disseminate CDC guidance related to infection prevention and control in ambulatory health care settings.

Related Items: Ambulatory Health Care , Infection Prevention

05/26/2017
Standards FAQ

Multi-Dose Vials - Definition

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What types of vials are considered to be “multi-dose?'

05/25/2017
Blog

A Growing Patient Safety Concern: Improperly Sterilized or High-Level Disinfected Equipment

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“Improperly sterilized surgical instruments harming U.S. patients,” “Patient sues hospital for improper sterilization of equipment,” and “Improper disinfection procedures expose patients to infection,” are just a few headlines in recent news.

Related Items: Hospital , Infection Control , Infection Prevention

05/25/2017
Blog

In a Safety Culture, Appropriate Behaviors Start at the Top

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CEOs set the tone for a true safety culture. Read more in our blog featuring Citrus Valley Health Partners.

Related Items: Blog , Leadership

05/24/2017
Topics Library

Ambulatory Applicability Grid

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The Ambulatory Health Care Accreditation Applicability Grid - 2017 reprinted from the Standards Applicability Process (SAP) section of the Comprehensive Accreditation Manual for Ambulatory Care.

Related Items: Ambulatory Health Care , Applicability Grid

05/23/2017
Topics Library

Performance Measures for Acute Stroke Ready Hospital Certification

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The Joint Commission recently completed the process of developing standardized performance measures for its Acute Stroke Ready Hospital Certification Program.

Related Items: Hospital , Measure Development Initiatives , Acute Stroke Ready Hospital

05/23/2017
Topics Library

Prepublication Standards – New Element of Performance for Sleep Centers in the Ambulatory Health Care (AHC) Accreditation Program

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The Joint Commission’s Ambulatory Care accreditation program is introducing a new element of performance (EP) to enhance its ability to assess the provision of safe and high-quality care in sleep centers.

Related Items: Prepublication Standards , Ambulatory Health Care , Sleep Centers

05/23/2017
Topics Library

Prepublication Standards – Goal Revisions for Healthcare-Associated Infections NPSGs

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The Joint Commission introduced several revised requirements for National Patient Safety Goal (NPSG) 7.

Related Items: Prepublication Standards , Critical Access Hospital , Hospital , Nursing Care Center , National Patient Safety Goals , NPSG

05/22/2017
Content Page

Health Care Staffing Services Certification

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Comp webinar May 28, 2015 added.

05/22/2017
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DSC Orthopedic

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Disease-Specific Care for Orthopedic

Related Items: Disease-Specific Care Certification , Orthopedic

05/21/2017
Topics Library

Facts about the Patient Safety Advisory Group

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In April 2002, The Joint Commission appointed a panel of widely recognized patient safety experts to advise it on the development of Sentinel Event Alert, The Joint Commission’s patient safety newsletter. At that time, the panel was named the Sentinel Event Advisory Group.

Related Items: National Patient Safety Goals , Patient Safety , Sentinel Event , Patient Safety Fact Sheets , Advisory Group Fact Sheets

05/19/2017
Blog

Culturally Competent Data Collection System May be a First Step in Eliminating Health Disparities

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Decreasing readmission starts at admission. Read best practices for collecting Race Ethnicity And Language (REAL) data in our blog and find out more at the Cleveland Clinic's 8th Annual Patient Experience + Innovation Summit.

Related Items: Critical Access Hospital , Hospital

05/19/2017