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Central Line Associated Bloodstream Infections (CLABSI) - Documentation

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Please explain the documentation icons for NPSG.07.04.01 EPs 6 and 12. What will surveyors expect to see?

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07/26/2017
Standards FAQ

Education - Staff Requirements for Comprehensive Stroke Certification

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What are the staff education requirements for Comprehensive Stroke Program Certification?

07/26/2017
Blog

Keys to Better Environment of Care Compliance with EC.02.06.01 – Part 2

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Let’s take a look at this important EC standard from the point-of-view of our surveyors.

Related Items: AMBUZZ , Ambulatory , Ambulatory Health Care

07/26/2017
Content Page

Occupational Health Accreditation

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

Related Items: Ambulatory Health Care

07/25/2017
Standards FAQ

Non-licensed, Non-employee Individuals - Human Resource Requirements

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What are The Joint Commission’s expectations regarding non-licensed, non-employee individuals in health care organizations, including health care industry representatives (HCIRs)?

07/24/2017
News

Clinical Decision Support and Other Interventions Decrease Blood Transfusions

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A study from the August issue of The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety holds promise to "change the culture of transfusion for the better by reducing unnecessary use of red blood cells and conserving resources."

Related Items: Joint Commission Resources , Publications , News Releases

07/21/2017
Blog

Transfusing Wisely

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Red blood cell (RBC) transfusions are the most frequently performed hospital procedure in the United States, increasing 134 percent from 1997 to 2011. But, did you know that 50 percent or more of RBC transfusions may be unnecessary?

Related Items: Hospital , Critical Access Hospital

07/21/2017
Topics Library

Complimentary Webinar: Advancing your Heart Failure Certification

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If your organization is considering Heart Failure Certification or upgrading your current certification to the advanced program, be sure to listen to this complimentary webinar. We will compare the Core and Advanced Heart Failure Certifications, as well as review the most cited standards.

Related Items: Disease-Specific Care , Previous Webinar

07/20/2017
Blog

Tracers! Tracers! And Mock Tracers!

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Whether it’s your first survey from The Joint Commission or you’re an accreditation veteran, you’ve most likely heard about tracers.

Related Items: Hospital

07/20/2017
Standards FAQ

Medication Order - Content

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Does every medication order need to contain a diagnosis, condition, or indication-for-use?  

07/20/2017
Blog

Considering Pet Therapy? Here’s How to Write Your Hospital’s Animal Policy

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Therapy animals provide immense benefits patients. It’s proven in the literature and I’ve seen it anecdotally countless times in my dual roles as associate director for Joint Commission Enterprise Continuing Education and as a dog trainer.

Related Items: Accreditation , Certification

07/20/2017
Topics Library

Sentinel Event Data Summary

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Summary Data of Sentinel Events reviewed by The Joint Commission (as of 1/13//2017)

Related Items: Ambulatory Health Care , Behavioral Health Care , Critical Access Hospital , Home Care , Hospital , Laboratory Accreditation Program , Nursing Care Center , Sentinel Event Statistics

07/19/2017
News

University of Kansas Health System First to Achieve Comprehensive Cardiac Center Certification

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To achieve the certification, a hospital must demonstrate a combination of compliance with consensus-based standards, evidence-based clinical practice guidelines for cardiac care, and performance measurement and improvement requirements. CCC-certified hospitals must also achieve and/or maintain required Joint Commission Disease-Specific Care requirements, as well as additional CCC Certification-specific requirements.

Related Items: Publications , News Releases , Joint Commission Resources

07/19/2017
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

07/19/2017
Standards FAQ

Temperature and Humidity - Monitoring Requirements for Sterile Supply Storage Areas

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What are the requirements for temperature and humidity monitoring in areas in which sterile supplies are stored ?

07/19/2017
Blog

New Campaign Illustrates Need for Staff Training on Dangers of Tailgating

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This was the reaction many of our employees at Brigham and Women’s Hospital had after watching two provocative videos depicting scenarios in which an unauthorized person accessed a secure area because staff held the door or weren’t aware of their surroundings.

Related Items: Hospital , Critical Access Hospital

07/17/2017
Topics Library

Facts about Disease-Specific Care Certification

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The Joint Commission’s Disease-Specific Care (DSC) certification program, launched in 2002, is designed to evaluate clinical programs across the continuum of care.

Related Items: Disease-Specific Care , Certification Fact Sheets , Certification Program

07/17/2017
Content Page

Emergency Management

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The purpose of this portal to provide a valuable source of information from The Joint Commission enterprise and other healthcare organizations related to the topic of Emergency Management. Our goal is to create informed and empowered citizens by bringing relevant and timely information and resources to our community.

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07/12/2017
Blog

Profiles in Service: To the Country and Health Care July 12, 2017

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This is the second in a four-part series profiling U.S. Armed Forces personnel completing fellowships with The Joint Commission as part of their military training. Since 1993, The Joint Commission has partnered with U.S. military branches to provide these fellowships—through which fellows gain intensive understanding of contractor standards and the accreditation process to help improve compliance across the different branches of the military.

Related Items: Certification , Accreditation

07/12/2017
Blog

Don’t Hit the Snooze Button on Upcoming Sleep LCD Deadlines

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Early 2017 marked the beginning of significant changes within the sleep provider community. Certain Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) revised their local coverage determinations (LCDs), modifying policies regarding Medicare coverage for polysomnography and other sleep-specific studies. Previously, these MACs recognized both Joint Commission Hospital and Ambulatory Care Accreditation.

Related Items: AMBUZZ , Ambulatory , Ambulatory Health Care

07/12/2017
Topics Library

Physician Leader Monthly July 2017

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Monthly e-newsletter for physician leaders.

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07/11/2017
Blog

Beyond the Study: A Q&A with Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Award Recipients: Part 3

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This is the final post in a three-part series highlighting the quality improvement and patient safety achievements of this year’s John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Award recipients, showcased in the July 2017 issue of The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety. This post examines the quality and patient safety efforts of Christiana Care Health System’s Christiana Care Care Link, recently renamed Carelink CareNow, recognized in the award’s local achievement category.

Related Items: Blog , Leadership

07/06/2017
Blog

You’re Invited: Inaugural Certification Conference on August 8

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Quick: What are you doing August 8? Meet me at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare in Rosemont, Illinois for air conditioning amid the dog days of summer—and our inaugural certification conference, the first of its kind in the industry!

Related Items: Home Care , Home Care Accreditation

07/05/2017
Blog

Re-Vamped ESC Form Launches July 2017

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The Joint Commission has re-designed the Evidence of Standards Compliance (ESC) form that organizations may complete following an on-site accreditation or certification survey—to help the organization better communicate the most critical aspects of their corrective actions to resolve Requirements for Improvement (RFIs), as well as ensure sustainability.

Related Items: Certification , Accreditation

07/05/2017