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Ambulatory Health Care/Ambulatory Health Care Updates

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Making Standards Relevant - Part 3 of our Voice of the Customer Series

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Our customers work in ambulatory settings. Not hospital settings; not outpatient settings – ambulatory settings. So it makes sense they want standards relevant to ambulatory settings, and that’s exactly what we strive to do. When we started our “Voice of the Customer” series, we said we’d be transparent, and we meant it. That’s why I’m sharing that while relevant standards was scored as a high priority during our accreditation process, how we performed in that area did not fare as well.

Related Items: Ambulatory Health Care , Ambulatory , AMBUZZ

02/23/2016
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Surveying Our Surveys - Part 2 of our Voice of the Customer Series

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One phrase is often most associated with The Joint Commission in the minds of health care organizations and staff – on-site surveys. So it was no surprise our customers marked the desire for surveyors to provide an educationally focused on-site survey as the highest priority in our “Voice of the Customer” surveys. The great news is The Joint Commission meets their expectations.

Related Items: AMBUZZ , Ambulatory , Ambulatory Health Care

02/17/2016
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You Share, We Share: Part 1 of our Voice of the Customer Series

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We asked our customers for feedback. No we want to share what they said. So over the next four weeks, we’ll be publishing AmBuzz blogs that address some of the key topics.

Related Items: Ambulatory Health Care , Ambulatory , AMBUZZ

02/08/2016
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What you need to know about Joint Commission Primary Care Medical Home

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The Primary Care Medical Home option enables the improvements in quality of care and patient safety achieved through accreditation to be combined with the potential for increased reimbursement when the additional requirements of a Primary Care Medical Home.

Related Items: Ambulatory Health Care , Primary Care Medical Home

01/27/2016
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Best Blogs of 2015

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Last year was a great year for our ambulatory care blog, AmBuzz, which touched on many important topics that impacted the ambulatory care community. To make sure you didn’t miss the key happenings in our industry, we put together an encore showcasing of the biggest topics our AmBuzz blog talked about in 2015.

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01/26/2016
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Joining Forces for Patient Safety

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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 specific to ambulatory health care settings. The ultimate goal is straightforward: to prevent infections in ambulatory settings.

Related Items: Ambulatory , AMBUZZ , Ambulatory Health Care

01/12/2016
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Ambulatory Care - Recognizing 40 Years

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Ambulatory Care - Recognizing 40 Years. New Profile - 1982.

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01/05/2016
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Deemed Status for ASCs

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The Joint Commission is designated by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) as an approved accreditor for ASCs seeking Medicare initial certification.

Related Items: Ambulatory Health Care , Becoming Accredited , CMS Reimbursement , Deemed Status , Toolkit for Ambulatory Surgery Centers

01/05/2016
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Redefining Relationships

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Ambulatory care business development team redefines relationship with its ambulatory care customers...

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

12/30/2015
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Adapting Google

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I came across an article on how Google creates a culture of innovation. The article lists eight principles of innovation, but what I found most noteworthy is how adaptable they are to all industries, including health care. So I took some time and did just that; adapting these concepts to ambulatory health care , though really, they could work for all of health care.

Related Items: AMBUZZ , Ambulatory Health Care , Ambulatory

12/15/2015
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Ambulatory Applicability Grid

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The Ambulatory Health Care Accreditation Applicability Grid - 2015 reprinted from the Standards Applicability Process (SAP) section of the Comprehensive Accreditation Manual for Ambulatory Care.

Related Items: Ambulatory Health Care , Applicability Grid

12/08/2015
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Standards BoosterPaks™

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New Standards BoosterPak™added - High-Level Disinfection (HLD) and Sterilization. Learn more about Joint Commission Standards BoosterPaks™.

Related Items: Ambulatory Health Care , Critical Access Hospital , Home Care , Hospital , Laboratory Accreditation Program , Nursing Care Center , Standards BoosterPak , Quality Improvement Tools , Behavioral Health Home

12/07/2015
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Celebrating a Milestone

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Over the past 40 weeks, we’ve been showcasing the rich history of the past four decades, featuring personal profiles of customers, surveyors and Joint Commission colleagues who touch ambulatory. These eye-opening profiles touched on everything from what went into the first accredited medical group practice in 1977 to the first deeming for the CMS Medicare program to numerous personal stories.

Related Items: Ambulatory Health Care , AMBUZZ , Ambulatory

11/17/2015
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Our own “Dear Abbi”

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Need accreditation support? Hear from Abbi, account executive, ambulatory care.

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11/03/2015
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PCMH Integration with Behavioral Health Care Services

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Joint Commission Primary Care Medical Home (PCMH) Certification Integration with Behavioral Health Care Services.

Related Items: Ambulatory Health Care , Primary Care Medical Home

10/29/2015
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PCMH Requirements Relating to Behavioral Healthcare

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PCMH Requirements Relating to Behavioral Healthcare

Related Items: Ambulatory Health Care , Primary Care Medical Home

10/29/2015
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Be Flu Smart

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People getting the flu this time of year is as predictable as autumn colors, shorter days and birds flying south for the winter. That’s why it’s more important than ever to follow the slogan of a popular flu campaign and “keep calm and get your flu shot.” That said, it’s equally important to be flu smart. That is, be knowledgeable about current and best practices to diagnose and treat the flu as well as prevent it from spreading.

Related Items: Influenza , SIRAS , Ambulatory , AMBUZZ , Ambulatory Health Care , Influenza Pandemic

10/20/2015
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Facts about scoring and accreditation decisions

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The scoring and decision process is based on the criticality of the standards and other requirements regarding their relationship to the quality and safety of patient care.

Related Items: Fact Sheets , Accreditation Process , Ambulatory Health Care , Behavioral Health Care , Critical Access Hospital , Home Care , Hospital , Nursing Care Center , Scoring , Accreditation Decisions

10/13/2015
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Saluting 50 Years

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Thanks to additional funding support through the Affordable Care Act, federally-supported Health Centers, also known as Community Health Centers and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) are now the largest network of primary care providers in the U.S. This year they celebrate their 50th anniversary.

Related Items: AMBUZZ , Ambulatory , Ambulatory Health Care

09/15/2015
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(New) Tools of the Trade

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Philosopher Marshall McLuhan said, “We become what we behold. We shape our tools, and thereafter our tools shape us.” We hope that is the case with our latest tool. Our Environment of Care (EC) standards have consistently been among the most challenging areas for meeting compliance for some ambulatory organizations, particularly for ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs). Recognizing this, we set out to try and figure a way to address these challenges for our customers.

Related Items: Ambulatory , AMBUZZ , Ambulatory Health Care , Physical Environment

08/14/2015
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Diagnostic Imaging Standards

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The Joint Commission updated diagnostic imaging requirements for the hospital and ambulatory care programs. Changes went into effect July 1, 2015.

Related Items: Ambulatory Health Care , Standards , Diagnostic Imaging Services

08/10/2015
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More than just Acronyms

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PCMH, NPs, PAs - more than just acronyms, together they’ve provided organizations and patients real results!

Related Items: Ambulatory , Primary Care Medical Home , AMBUZZ , Ambulatory Health Care

07/23/2015
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A Joint Commission and FDA Webinar on Reprocessing of Scopes Q&A Replay

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The objective of this webinar is to provide information on the FDA’s past and ongoing activities to minimize patient exposure to infections that can result from improperly reprocessing of scopes.

Related Items: Ambulatory Health Care , Critical Access Hospital , Health Care Staffing , Home Care , Infection Control , Laboratory Accreditation Program , Nursing Care Center , Palliative Care , Webinar , Behavioral Health Home , FDA Reprocessing of Scopes

06/26/2015