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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.

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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
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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

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
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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.

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05/24/2017
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
Topics Library

Pioneers in Quality™: Creating Your Proven Practices Submission

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With the “Pioneers in Quality™: Proven Practices Collection,” The Joint Commission seeks to recognize those organizations that leverage eCQMs and health IT to drive quality improvement, and share success stories with accredited organizations.

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05/19/2017
Standards FAQ

Language Access Services - Practitioners Communicating Directly with Patients

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Are there any Joint Commission standards that prohibit a bilingual practitioner (nurse, physician, etc) from communicating directly with a patient in their preferred language while providing care without the presence of an interpreter?

05/19/2017
Topics Library

Physician Leader Monthly May 2017

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Monthly e-newsletter for physician leaders.

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

05/18/2017
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Most Challenging Ambulatory Care Standards for Dental Services

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Accredited BPHC-Supported Health Centers Most Challenging Ambulatory Care Standards For Dental Services In 2016

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05/18/2017
News

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

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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.

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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
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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