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Lean Methodology Improves Throughput and Safety in Behavioral Health Care

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A new study from the June 2017 issue of The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety describes how Lean principles were applied to improve clinical operations at the Crisis Response Center, a behavioral health facility specializing in emergency psychiatric care, in Tucson, Arizona.

Related Items: Behavioral Health Care , News Releases

05/18/2017
Blog

Beyond the Study: A Q&A on Lean Principles and Transforming a Health Care Program

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The study, “Using Lean to Rapidly and Sustainably Transform a Behavioral Health Crisis Program: Impact on Throughput and Safety,” published today in the June 2017 issue of the Journal, describes how Lean principles were applied to improve clinical operations at the Crisis Response Center, a behavioral health facility specializing in emergency psychiatric care, in Tucson, Arizona.

Related Items: Lean Six Sigma , Accreditation , High Reliability , Certification

05/18/2017
Topics Library

Emergency Management Resources - Cyber Attack

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Emergency Management Resources - Cyber Attack

Related Items: Emergency Management

05/17/2017
Blog

The Joint Commission. . . SAFER™ Than Ever!

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The Joint Commission’s new process for helping health care organizations identify risk and improve their patient care processes – the Survey Analysis for Evaluating Risk (SAFER) Matrix – has been fully integrated with the Ambulatory Care Program’s accreditation program since the beginning of 2017.

Related Items: SAFER Matrix , Ambulatory Health Care , AMBUZZ , Ambulatory

05/17/2017
Blog

Posting About Your Residents on Social Media Violates More Codes Than You Could Ever Imagine

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If you're mulling over whether to post something about a nursing home resident, DON"T.

Related Items: Nursing Care Center , Skilled Nursing Facility

05/17/2017
Standards FAQ

Universal Protocol - Pre procedure Verification

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Patients involved in large surgeries such as open heart surgery are typically taken from their room directly into the operative room for preparation and line insertion which require a significant amount of time. The surgeon would leave after the verification and then return when the patient is prepared and prior to anesthesia. Would it be acceptable to complete the pre-procedure verification process (see UP.01.01.01) in the operating room rather than a pre-procedure holding area?

05/17/2017
Topics Library

Pioneers in Quality: Expert to Expert Series

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The Joint Commission is committed to supporting hospitals on their journey towards electronic clinical quality measure (eCQM) adoption…and we heard you are ready for an eCQM “deep dive.”

Related Items: Hospital , Pioneers in Quality , eCQM

05/16/2017
Topics Library

eCQM Measure of Focus: eED-1 & eED-2

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This webinar explains logic specifications for ED-1 and ED-2, addresses important notes regarding 2016 data, and discussed frequently asked questions about these measures.

Related Items: Previous Webinar , Pioneers in Quality , eCQM

05/16/2017
Topics Library

eCQM Measure of Focus: eVTE – 1 and 2

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This webinar explains the logic specifications for VTE-1 and VTE-2, in addition to discussing differences between these measures and common questions associated with them.

Related Items: Previous Webinar , Pioneers in Quality

05/16/2017
Topics Library

eCQM Measure of Focus: ePC - 1 & 5

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This webinar explains logic specifications for PC-01 and PC-05, discusses frequently asked questions about these measures, and describes changes to measure specifications applicable for 2017 reporting.

Related Items: Previous Webinar , Pioneers in Quality , eCQM

05/16/2017
Topics Library

eCQM Measure of Focus: eSTK-6, eSTK-8, & eSTK-10

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This webinar explains logic specifications for STK-6, -8, and -10; discusses frequently asked standards related to these measurements and describes changes to measure specifications applicable for 2017 reporting.

Related Items: Previous Webinar , Pioneers in Quality

05/16/2017
Topics Library

eCQM Measure of Focus: eAMI-8a

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This webinar explains logic specifications for Acute Myocardial Infarction (AMI) measure AMI – 8a, frequently asked questions related to this measure and changes to measure specifications for 2017 reporting.

Related Items: Previous Webinar , Pioneers in Quality , eCQM

05/16/2017
Topics Library

eCQM Measure of Focus: eCAC-3, eEDHI-1a

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This webinar explains logic specifications for CAC-3 and EHDI-1a,discusses frequently asked questions about the measures and describes changes to measure specifications applicable for 2017 reporting.

Related Items: Previous Webinar , Pioneers in Quality , eCQM

05/16/2017
Topics Library

eCQM Measure of Focus: eSTK-2, eSTK-3, & eSTK-5

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This webinar explains logic specifications for STK-5, -2, and -3; discusses frequently asked questions about these measures; and describes changes to measure specifications applicable for 2017 reporting.

Related Items: Previous Webinar , Pioneers in Quality , eCQM

05/16/2017
Standards FAQ

Instrument Reprocessing - Point-of-Use and Pre-Cleaning Expectations

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What is meant by pre-cleaning at point-of-use in decentralized locations for sterilization reprocessing?

05/16/2017
Blog

What’s Your eCQM Story? Share your Solutions.

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Inquiring minds want to know your eCQM tips.

Related Items: Pioneers in Quality , Critical Access Hospital , Hospital , eCQM

05/16/2017
Blog

Flexible Schedules Meet Evening Demand and Satisfy Employees at LHC Group

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At LHC Group, flexible nurse scheduling satisfies the staff and the referral network.

Related Items: Home Care , Home Care Accreditation

05/15/2017
Standards FAQ

History and Physical - Update Requirements When Procedures are Performed During Inpatient Stay

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What are the requirements for updating a history and physical when surgery or a procedure requiring anesthesia services is performed at a later point during an admission?

05/12/2017
Standards FAQ

Medical Staff Governance - Medical Staff Policies versus Organizational Policies

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Do the requirements found in the Medical Staff (MS) chapter at MS.01.01.01 require the organized Medical Staff to have a separate set of policies apart from existing hospital-wide policies and procedures that already apply to all individuals and departments that provide patient care, treatment, and services?

05/12/2017
Standards FAQ

Instrument Reprocessing - Immediate Use Steam Sterilization (IUSS)

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What are important considerations associated with Immediate-Use Steam Sterilization?

05/12/2017
Standards FAQ

Credentialing and Privileging - Requirements for Physician Assistants and Advanced Practice Registered Nurses

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Since Physician Assistants (PA) and Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN) are not physicians, are organizations required to credential and privilege them via the requirements found in the Medical Staff (MS) chapter of the accreditation manual?

05/12/2017
Topics Library

Webinar Replay and Slides: May 9 - Orientation to Behavioral Health Accreditation Requirements

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This one hour webinar provides an orientation to the Joint Commission behavioral health accreditation requirements including where to find them, how to read them, and resources for assistance with them.

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

05/11/2017
Standards FAQ

Independent Practitioners -Waived Testing Competency

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Are competency assessments required for licensed independent practitioners (LIP's) performing waived testing?

05/11/2017
Topics Library

Webinar Replay and Slides: The Basics: Getting Started on Disease-Specific Care Certification

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Listen to a webinar replay to learn about the basics for achieving Joint Commission certification. This webinar will guide you through the key components of certification, and offer some guidance on getting started.

Related Items: Disease-Specific Care , Hospital , Previous Webinar

05/11/2017