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A New Year, a ‘New’ Journal

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New blog post highlighting 2017 changes at The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety.

Related Items: Certification , Quality , Accreditation , Patient Safety , Hospital

01/20/2017
Topics Library

Facts about the on-site survey process

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The Joint Commission survey process is data-driven, patient-centered and focused on evaluating actual care processes.

Related Items: Fact Sheets , Behavioral Health Care , Survey Process , Accreditation

01/19/2017
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Facts about accreditation and certification decisions

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Fact sheet about Joint Commission accreditation and certification decisions.

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01/19/2017
Topics Library

The Joint Commission - Inspiring Health Care Excellence

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This brochure provides an overview of the services, standards and quality and safety efforts of The Joint Commission, including the work of the Center for Transforming Healthcare, Joint Commission Resources and Joint Commission International.

Related Items: About The Joint Commission , Joint Commission Resources , Joint Commission International , Center for Transforming Healthcare

01/18/2017
Standards FAQ

Orders - Cancelling and Rewriting Orders Following a Procedure or Transition of Care

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Is there a Joint Commission standard that requires all orders to be cancelled, then rewritten following a procedure or when a patient is transferred from one level of care to another?

01/18/2017
Standards FAQ

Operative and High Risk Procedure Reports - Documenting Blood Loss and Specimens

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The requirement found at RC.02.01.03 EP 6 lists the required elements that are to be included in the operative or other high-risk procedure report. The word ‘any’ precedes both estimated blood loss (EBL) and specimen(s) removed. Does this mean that even if there was no blood loss or specimen(s) associated with a procedure that the practitioner must indicate ‘no EBL’ or ‘no specimens’ in the report?

01/18/2017
News

Free Online Courses for Hospital Leadership and Other Health Care Professionals to Improve Informed Consent Process

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Physician-patient communication and patient empowerment can help patients make more effective informed choices for their care. To improve the informed consent process, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) engaged The Joint Commission and Abt Associates to provide guidance through free online courses for hospital leadership and other health care professionals.

Related Items: Hospital , News Releases

01/18/2017
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2017 Webinar Series for Ambulatory Care Organizations

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Announcing the 2017 Webinar Series for Ambulatory Care Organizations! Make an informed choice about ambulatory care accreditation. Providing a high-level overview of a variety of ambulatory care accreditation topics, these webinars are ideal for ambulatory care organizations but all are welcome.

Related Items: Ambulatory Health Care

01/17/2017
Standards FAQ

Antimicrobial Stewardship – Education Requirements for Patients - Standard MM.09.01.01 EP 3

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Do all patients (and families when needed) who are prescribed antimicrobials require education?

01/13/2017
Standards FAQ

Antimicrobial Stewardship – Accountability Document - Standard MM.09.01.01 EP 1

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What is an accountability document, which is used as an example of leadership commitment?

01/13/2017
Standards FAQ

Antimicrobial Stewardship – Organizational Priority - Standard MM.09.01.01 EP 1

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How will surveyors evaluate that an organization’s leaders have established antimicrobial stewardship as an organizational priority?

01/13/2017
Standards FAQ

Antimicrobial Stewardship – Education Requirements for Staff and Licensed Independent Practitioners - Standard MM.09.01.01 EP 2

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Will Joint Commission surveyors review human resource records and medical staff credentialing and privileging records to determine if antimicrobial resistance and antimicrobial stewardship education was provided by the organization?

01/13/2017
Standards FAQ

Antimicrobial Stewardship – Core Element Documentation - Standard MM.09.01.01 - EP 5

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What type of documentation is needed for MM.09.01.01 EP 5, the required core elements of the antimicrobial stewardship program?

01/13/2017
Standards FAQ

Antimicrobial Stewardship – Education Requirements for Residents and Patients - Standard MM.09.01.01 EP 3

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Do all residents and patients (and families when needed) who are prescribed antimicrobials require education?

01/13/2017
Standards FAQ

Antimicrobial Stewardship – Data Collection, Analysis, and Reporting - Standard MM.09.01.01 EP 7

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What type of antimicrobial stewardship data should organizations collect, analyze, and report?

01/13/2017
Standards FAQ

Antimicrobial Stewardship – Multidisciplinary Team Requirements - Standard MM.09.01.01, EP 4

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If an organization does not have an infectious disease physician on the antimicrobial stewardship multidisciplinary team will it receive a Requirement for Improvement (RFI)?

01/13/2017
Standards FAQ

Antimicrobial Stewardship – Improvement Opportunities - Standard MM.09.01.01 EP 8

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Are there any specific improvement opportunities that surveyors will look for regarding the organization’s antimicrobial stewardship program?

01/13/2017
Standards FAQ

Antimicrobial Stewardship – Multidisciplinary Protocol Requirements - Standard

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Do organizations need to have multidisciplinary protocols for each example in MM.09.01.01, EP 6?

01/13/2017
Topics Library

Map - HRSA/BPHC Supported Accredited Health Centers

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Bureau of Primary Health Care - Map of Health HRSA/BPHC Supported Accredited Health Centers.

Related Items: BPHC-supported , Community Health Center , Federally Qualified Health Center , FQHC , Health Center , BPHC Accredited Centers

01/11/2017
01/11/2017
Blog

New Cardiac Certification Addresses Business, Compliance Challenges

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The Joint Commission’s new Comprehensive Cardiac Center Certification began accepting applications Jan. 1. Comprehensive Cardiac Center Certification is a voluntary, independent evaluation of standards compliance, clinical performance on targeted metrics, and achievement (or even maintenance) of the requirements.

Related Items: Accreditation , Certification

01/11/2017
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Health Equity - Organization and Staff Transformation

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Health Equity - Organization and Staff Transformation

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01/11/2017
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Hospital Respiratory Protection: Resources and Projects

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The Joint Commission developed and promoted resources related to respiratory protection. We are now engaged in a new project, funded by CDC/NIOSH/NPPTL, which will be gathering examples of clinical situations where additional clarification regarding use of respiratory protection might be needed.

Related Items: Critical Access Hospital , Hospital , Infection Control , Monograph , Infection Prevention and HAIs , Infection Prevention , Research Resources , Respiratory protection programs , Respirators , Respiratory hazards , Airborne transmissible diseases

01/11/2017
Topics Library

Workplace Violence Prevention - Joint Commission Blog Posts

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Read blog posts from Joint Commission leaders.

Related Items: Ambulatory Health Care , Critical Access Hospital , Hospital

01/11/2017