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Workplace Violence - Are You Being A Good Shepherd?

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According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, attacks on health care workers account for almost 70% of all nonfatal workplace assaults causing days away from work in the United States. In fact, health care staff are regularly harassed, threatened or attacked every year in this country, and the rate of workplace violence does not seem to be slowing down.

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11/22/2016
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New Year, New Clarifications Process

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Clarification requests represent rework for both customers and The Joint Commission. The number of Clarifications submitted to the Joint Commission is significant. In an average month, the Standards Interpretation Group receives more than 1,000 Clarification Requests. Over half of these requests are from hospitals, and many of these clarifications are in the Life Safety and Environment of Care Chapters.

Related Items: SAFER Matrix , Critical Access Hospital , Hospital

11/21/2016
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Facts about Behavioral Health Care Accreditation

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In 1969, The Joint Commission began accrediting providers of programs/services for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and expanded in 1972 to include the evaluation and accreditation of organizations providing mental health and addiction services.

Related Items: Fact Sheets , Behavioral Health Care , Accreditation Program

11/18/2016
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Facts about Opioid Treatment Program (OTP) accreditation

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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) established an accreditation requirement in federal regulations in 2001 to help opioid treatment programs (OTPs) improve the quality of patient care, treatment and services delivered in the OTP setting.

Related Items: Fact Sheets , Behavioral Health Care , Opioids , Accreditation Program

11/18/2016
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Facts about federal deemed status and state recognition

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In order for a health care organization to participate in and receive federal payment from Medicare or Medicaid programs, one of the requirements is that a health care organization meet the government requirements for program participation.

Related Items: Fact Sheets , Ambulatory Health Care , Behavioral Health Care , CMS , Critical Access Hospital , Deemed Status , Home Care , Hospital , Laboratory Accreditation Program

11/18/2016
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Facts about Joint Commission Advisory Groups

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The Joint Commission relies on a number of advisory groups for feedback on a variety of issues, including safety and quality of care, the development of standards, and policies and procedures that support performance improvement in health care organizations.

Related Items: Fact Sheets , Advisory Group Fact Sheets

11/18/2016
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National Patient Safety Goals

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2016 National Patient Safety Goals Now Available!

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11/17/2016
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The Joint Commission Launches Educational Campaign on C-Sections

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The Joint Commission launched the new Speak Up™: The ABCs of C-Sections campaign to help educate expectant mothers, their partners and caregivers, on cesarean, or C-section, births—a surgery that is sometimes needed due to medical problems that may endanger the mother or baby, or both. The campaign includes an animated video and infographic available for free download and use.

Related Items: Safety , Speak Up , News Releases

11/17/2016
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Speak Up: Infant and Children's Health

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added new video C-Sections

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11/17/2016
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Physician Leader Monthly November 2016

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Monthly e-newsletter for physician leaders.

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11/16/2016
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Facts about Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® Program

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Launched in September 2011, The Joint Commission’s Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® program recognizes accredited hospitals that attain excellence on accountability measure performance.

Related Items: Critical Access Hospital , Hospital , Top Performer

11/16/2016
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Mark A. Crafton, MPA, MT(ASCP)

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Mark Crafton is the executive director of state and external relations for The Joint Commission. He oversees all Joint Commission activities related to state government outreach, payer relations, market research, and the development and management of alliances with key external organizations.

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11/16/2016
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Primary Care Medical Home Certification Option for Hospitals

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Learn more about the Primary Care Medical Home Certification Option for Hospitals. Take the new Self-Assessment.

Related Items: PCMH Self-Assessment , PCMH FAQs , Hospice , Primary Care Medical Home

11/16/2016
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Facts about Speak Up™

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In March 2002, The Joint Commission launched its Speak Up™ patient safety program. Over time, the program has expanded to more than 70 countries and features infographics, animated videos, and brochures.

Related Items: Fact Sheets , General Public , Patient Safety , Speak Up , Patient Rights , Patient Safety Fact Sheets

11/16/2016
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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

11/16/2016
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Integrated Care Certification

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In keeping with The Joint Commission’s mission to continuously improve health care for the public, our upcoming Integrated Care Certification program is designed to help improve patient care and outcomes.

Related Items: Integrated Care Certification , Hospital , Ambulatory Health Care

11/16/2016
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The Q-HIP Care Coordination Measure & The Joint Commission’s Integrated Care Certification

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View slides and recording on the Q-HIP Care Coordination Measure & The Joint Commission’s Integrated Care Certification for Anthem Q-HIP participating hospitals.

Related Items: Previous Webinar , Integrated Care Certification

11/16/2016
Standards FAQ

Calibration - Calibration In Lieu Of Calibration Verification

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Is semiannual calibration verification required if the laboratory is performing calibration at least once every six months?  

11/15/2016
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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: eCQM , Electronic Clinical Quality Measures , Pioneers in Quality

11/15/2016
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2016 Survey Activity Guide

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Corrected - The August, 2016 release of the Survey Activity Guide for Health Care Organizations included contents regarding California hospital survey activities that were discontinued as of May 2016.

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11/14/2016
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eCQMs – Technical Aspects of Submission

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The objectives of this webinar are to describe the eCQM submission process, discuss the 2016 and 2017 timelines for data submission, and describe common eCQM data element issues identified by The Joint Commission.

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11/11/2016
11/11/2016
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Strategies for Improving Rapid Influenza Testing and Treatment in Ambulatory Settings (SIRAS)

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Now available in Spanish - Strategies for Improving Rapid Influenza Testing and Treatment in Ambulatory Settings (SIRAS)- Updated free course offering for the current Flu season. Enroll in the course. Download the inforgraphic.

Related Items: Influenza , Home Care , Research Resources , Disease-Specific Care , Laboratory Accreditation Program , Ambulatory Health Care , Nursing Care Center , Hospital

11/11/2016
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Reading the Tea Leaves for 2016-17 Flu Season

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While nobody can predict how severe the 2016-17 flu season will be, many public health officials are expressing concern that the removal of the pain-free—but ineffective— flu mist will result in fewer vaccinations against flu.

Related Items: Accreditation , Influenza Pandemic , Education Resources , Influenza , Certification

11/11/2016