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Pain Management - Leadership Responsibilities for Providing Information on Available Resources - LD.04.03.13 EP 4

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The revised pain management standards require the organization to provide information to staff and licensed independent practitioners (LIP) on available services for consultation and referral of patients with complex pain management needs. Does this mean internal or external services - or both?

10/18/2017
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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

10/18/2017
Topics Library

Facts about patient-centered communications

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Effective communication is critical to the successful delivery of health care services. The Joint Commission supports efforts to improve communication between health care professionals and patients.

Related Items: Fact Sheets , Health Literacy , Hospital, Language, & Culture , Patient Safety , Speak Up , Patient Safety Fact Sheets , Patient-centered communications

10/18/2017
Topics Library

FAQs – Direct Data Submission for eCQMs

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An FAQ document is available to provide Joint Commission accredited hospitals and critical access hospitals with information regarding the direct data submission option for submission of eCQM data.

Related Items: Critical Access Hospital , Hospital

10/16/2017
Blog

State of California Licensing Home Care Facilities Based on Accreditation

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Effective October 1, the California Department of Public Health approved The Joint Commission accreditation as an option for home health licensure and re-licensure in the state.

Related Items: Home Care , Home Care Accreditation

10/16/2017
Standards FAQ

Members of Multidisciplinary Team - Requirement

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Does a Certified Diabetic Educator have to be on the staff/multidisciplinary team in order to achieve certification? DSPR.1 EP.1

10/12/2017
Blog

Only You Can Prevent Surgical Fires

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Out of approximately 65 million surgical cases annually, there are 200 to 240 surgical fires, a frequency comparable to that of other surgical safety events such as wrong site surgery and unintended retention of a foreign object.

Related Items: Hospital , Critical Access Hospital

10/12/2017
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?

10/12/2017
Topics Library

Physician Leader Monthly October 2017

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Monthly e-newsletter for physician leaders.

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10/11/2017
Blog

Nursing Homes Deaths in Aftermath of Hurricane Prompt Critical Analysis

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Hurricane Irma was a sobering reminder that emergency preparedness makes the difference between life and death. For nursing care centers and those who work in and with them, it also underscores necessity in applying guidance and standards.

Related Items: Skilled Nursing Facility , Nursing Care Center

10/10/2017
Blog

Surveying Hospitals’ Workplace Violence Preparation

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Late last month, a man identified as 45-year-old physician Henry Michael Bello walked into Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center in New York—his former workplace—and opened fire with a rifle. He killed a fellow doctor and wounding six other people.

Related Items: Critical Access Hospital , Hospital

10/10/2017
10/09/2017
Topics Library

Facts about the Nursing Advisory Council

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The Nursing Advisory Council (NAC) counsels senior leadership at The Joint Commission on present and evolving nursing- and patient care-related issues that are impacting health care quality and patient safety.

Related Items: National Patient Safety Goals , Patient Safety , Sentinel Event , Patient Safety Fact Sheets , Advisory Group Fact Sheets

10/09/2017
Topics Library

Facts about Joint Commission Accreditation and Certification

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Today, nearly 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States have been or accredited or certified by The Joint Commission.

Related Items: Fact Sheets , About The Joint Commission , Accreditation , Certification

10/09/2017
News

The game-changer for the opioid epidemic

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The game-changer for the opioid epidemic

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10/06/2017
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Facts about accountability measures

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Learn more about accountability measures—quality measures that meet four criteria designed to identify measures that produce the greatest positive impact on patient outcomes when hospitals demonstrate improvement.

Related Items: Fact Sheets , Accountability Measures , Critical Access Hospital , Hospital , ORYX , Performance Measurement , Core Measures , Core Measure Fact Sheets , Top Performer

10/05/2017
Blog

Missed outpatient cardiovascular disease: We’re even missing the low-hanging fruit

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This blog post goes beyond the study, “Missed Diagnosis of Cardiovascular Disease in Outpatient General Medicine: Insights from Malpractice Claims Data,” in the October 2017 issue of The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety.

Related Items: Blog , Accreditation , Certification

10/05/2017
Topics Library

Facts about Pioneers in Quality™

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Pioneers in Quality™ (PIQ) is a Joint Commission program to assist hospitals on their journey toward electronic clinical quality measure (eCQM) adoption.

Related Items: Fact Sheets , Patient Safety , Patient Safety Fact Sheets

10/05/2017
Blog

Standards Interpretation Group Collaborates Via Conference Call

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We’ve talked about Project REFRESH a lot this year, but I want to take this opportunity to delve into one of the new ways the REFRESH initiative is allowing for more streamlined communication between organizations and the Standards Interpretation Group (SIG).

Related Items: Office-Based Surgery , Ambulatory Health Care , AMBUZZ , Ambulatory

10/04/2017
Standards FAQ

Refrigerator Temperature - Patient Care Food Storage

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What is the requirement or standard that addresses thermometers or temperature logs for refrigerators or freezers used for food storage?

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10/03/2017
Standards FAQ

Initial Staff Education - Initial Certification Review

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Do the eight hours of education have to be completed at the time of Initial Certification review?

10/03/2017
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Press Room

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Press Room

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10/02/2017
Topics Library

The Joint Commission Difference

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Learn how The Joint Commission differs from other accrediting bodies and what community health centers value from their recognition with The Joint Commission.

Related Items: Survey Preparation

10/02/2017
Topics Library

Table of Contents and Abstracts for The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety (JQPS)

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Table of Contents and abstracts for The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety (JQPS) are showcased on The Joint Commission website.

Related Items: Patient Safety , Quality

10/02/2017