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Ambulatory Health Care/Ambulatory Health Care Updates

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Fewer Ambulatory Care Standards... What’s Not to Like?

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The Joint Commission recently deleted 85 elements of performance (EPs) from the Ambulatory Health Care (AHC) accreditation program and 50 EPs from the Office-Based Surgery (OBS) program.

Related Items: AMBUZZ , Ambulatory , Ambulatory Health Care

05/03/2017
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Top 10 Challenging Standards for 2016

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Frequent AmBuzz readers know it’s spring when The Joint Commission unveils an annual summary of the Top 10 Challenging Standards our Ambulatory Health Care (AHC) and Office-Based Surgery (OBS) accredited organizations experienced throughout 2016.

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04/13/2017
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Health Equity

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Collecting accurate and consistent REAL (race, ethnicity and language) data is essential to resolving disparities in health care. Train staff to collect REAL data in an effective and culturally sensitive way. Learn more about the REAL eLearning Module.

Related Items: Ambulatory Health Care , Hospital , Health Equity

04/11/2017
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Register Today for May 9-10 Ambulatory Care ‘Accreditation Essentials’

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There are plenty of new developments at The Joint Commission that make it more important than ever to attend the Ambulatory Care “Accreditation Essentials” program, May 9-10, 2017.

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04/06/2017
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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 , Disease-Specific Care , Laboratory Accreditation Program , Home Care , Nursing Care Center , Hospital , Ambulatory Health Care , Research Resources

03/31/2017
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Facts about Ambulatory Care Accreditation

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The Joint Commission’s Ambulatory Care Accreditation program was established in 1975, and today more than 2,100 freestanding ambulatory care organizations are Joint Commission-accredited.

Related Items: Fact Sheets , Advanced Imaging , Ambulatory Health Care Accreditation , Ambulatory Health Care , Diagnostic/Theraputic , Endoscopy , Imaging Centers , Medical/Dental , Office-Based Surgery , Sleep Centers , Urgent Care , Telehealth/NonSurgical , Telehealth/Surgical , Accreditation , Accreditation Program

03/31/2017
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Total Hip / Total Knee Replacement Certification Raises Bar for Orthopedic ASCs

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As technology has enabled more procedures outside the acute-care setting, ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) are providing even more advanced surgical care.

Related Items: AMBUZZ , Ambulatory , Ambulatory Health Care

03/21/2017
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Improve Your Center’s Infection Control & Prevention Processes!

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Ambulatory settings are among the top group of Joint Commission accrediteds who are challenged with breaches in high-level disinfection (HLD) and/or sterilization processes. It’s the number one threat to patient health and safety in these organizations.

Related Items: Infection Control , AMBUZZ , Ambulatory , Ambulatory Health Care

03/08/2017
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Sentinel Event Alert 57: The essential role of leadership in developing a safety culture

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In any health care organization, leadership’s first priority is to be accountable for effective care while protecting the safety of patients, employees, and visitors. Competent and thoughtful leaders contribute to improvements in safety and organizational culture.

Related Items: Ambulatory Health Care , Behavioral Health Care , Critical Access Hospital , Disease-Specific Care , Health Care Staffing , Home Care , Hospital , Laboratory Accreditation Program , Nursing Care Center , Sentinel Event , Sentinel Event Alert , Suicide , Palliative Care , Webinar , Integrated Care Certification , Patient Blood Management Certification

03/01/2017
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Facts about Office-Based Surgery Accreditation

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The Joint Commission introduced its Office-Based Surgery (OBS) Accreditation program in 2001. It serves as a quality oversight tool for smaller surgical practices.

Related Items: Fact Sheets , Ambulatory Health Care , Office-Based Surgery Accreditation , Accreditation Program

02/22/2017
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Update – SAFER™ Having A Positive Impact

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Beginning January 1, 2017, Joint Commission’s survey process began to provide a new, graphical approach for identifying and communicating risk levels associated with deficiencies cited during accreditation surveys via the SAFER matrix.

Related Items: Ambulatory Health Care , SAFER Matrix , AMBUZZ , Ambulatory

02/22/2017
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Facts about the unannounced survey process

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The Joint Commission generally conducts unannounced surveys unless it is not feasible or logical to do so. All hospital and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services deeming or recognition surveys are unannounced. This fact sheet includes a table listing exceptions to unannounced surveys.

Related Items: Fact Sheets , Ambulatory Health Care , Behavioral Health Care , Critical Access Hospital , Home Care , Hospital , Laboratory Accreditation Program , Nursing Care Center , Unannounced Survey Process

02/17/2017
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Facts about the Tracer Methodology

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A key part of The Joint Commission’s on-site survey process is the tracer methodology. The tracer methodology uses information from the organization to follow the experience of care, treatment or services for a number of patients through the organization’s entire health care delivery process.

Related Items: Fact Sheets , Ambulatory Health Care , Behavioral Health Care , Critical Access Hospital , Home Care , Hospital , Laboratory Accreditation Program , Nursing Care Center , Tracer Methodology

02/10/2017
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Ambulatory Care Accreditation Overview

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The 2017 Ambulatory Care Accreditation Overview provides a snapshot of The Joint Commission accreditation process for ambulatory care settings. Learn about survey process, standards, invaluable resources and more!

Related Items: Accreditation Process , Ambulatory Health Care

02/09/2017
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An ASC Administrator’s View of the On-Site Survey

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Many view the preparation process for an accreditation survey to be a daunting task. At our ASC, we view it as a positive opportunity to identify areas requiring improvement.

Related Items: Ambulatory Health Care , AMBUZZ , Ambulatory

02/07/2017
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Primary Care Medical Home Certified Organizations

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Organizations that have achieved Joint Commission accreditation and Primary Care Medical Home (PCMH) certification.

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01/27/2017
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Ambulatory Health Care Infographic

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Use this handy infographic to learn about Joint Commission accreditation for ambulatory care organizations.

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01/26/2017
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New Patient Safety Systems Chapter for Ambulatory Care and Office-Based Surgery

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Have you read the newest chapter (Patient Safety Systems chapter) in the Comprehensive Accreditation Manual for Ambulatory Care or the Standards for Office-Based Surgery Practices?

Related Items: Ambulatory , AMBUZZ , Ambulatory Health Care , Patient Safety Systems

01/25/2017