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Debunking Pain Standard Myths

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In the environment of today’s prescription opioid epidemic, everyone is looking for someone to blame. Often, The Joint Commission’s pain standards take that blame. We are encouraging our critics to look at our exact standards, along with the historical context of our standards, to fully understand what our accredited organizations are required to do with regard to pain.

David W. Baker, MD, MPH, FACP, executive vice president, Healthcare Quality Evaluation, The Joint Commission, discusses pain management standards.

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04/22/2016
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Joint Commission Statement on Pain Management

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Read the statement on pain management from David W. Baker, MD, MPH, FACP, executive vice president, Healthcare Quality Evaluation, The Joint Commission.

Related Items: Ambulatory Health Care , Behavioral Health Care , Critical Access Hospital , Disease-Specific Care , Home Care , Hospital , Nursing Care Center , Standards , Pain Management , Palliative Care

04/18/2016
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Heightened Security Awareness for Healthcare and Public Health Community

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The Departments of Homeland Security and Health and Human Services have issued a joint resource for health care providers to support situational awareness and preparedness in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Brussels. They emphasize that no specific credible threats in the US are known. . .

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

04/15/2016
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Boost your IC IQ!

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Need a boost with your infection prevention and control practices? We have just the resource you need – the High Level Disinfection (HLD) and Sterilization BoosterPak.

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

04/12/2016
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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

03/29/2016
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A Conference Checklist for 2016

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Need standards compliance training? Attending a Joint Commission Resources (JCR) conference is the easiest way to get that training and much more.

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03/22/2016
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Tools to Succeed - Part 5 of our Voice of the Customer Series

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For some organizations, achieving accreditation seems like a daunting task on par with the pyramids. So it was no surprise when we surveyed ambulatory organizations for our “Voice of the Customer” series that tools and resources for achieving accreditation was a top priority. What did come as a surprise was that participants simply didn’t realize how many tools and resources The Joint Commission currently has to offer, or that they came in the formats they preferred.

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03/09/2016
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Aiming for Consistency - Part 4 of our Voice of the Customer Series

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As we surveyed ambulatory organizations for our “Voice of the Customer” series, consistency was something that came up often, and was scored as a high priority during our accreditation process. The only problem is those same organizations felt it was also something we sometimes lacked when it came to interpreting standards.

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03/01/2016
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Joint Commission Accredits Largest Federal Provider of Occupational Health Services

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The Joint Commission announced today it has awarded Ambulatory Care Accreditation to Federal Occupational Health (FOH), the largest provider of occupational health services in the federal government.

Related Items: Patient Safety , Ambulatory Health Care , News Releases

03/01/2016
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Sentinel Event Alert 56: Detecting and treating suicide ideation in all settings

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The rate of suicide is increasing in America. Now the 10th leading cause of death, suicide claims more lives than traffic accidents and more than twice as many as homicides. Access the Alert, a downloadable Infographic, and a document of related Joint Commission standards.

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02/24/2016
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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.

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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.

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02/17/2016
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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

02/12/2016
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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.

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02/12/2016
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Joint Commission Names Ronald Wyatt, MD, MHA, First Patient Safety Officer

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Ronald M. Wyatt, MD, MHA, is the first appointee to the newly created position of patient safety officer, reflecting The Joint Commission's commitment to promoting a safe and high-quality health care system with a goal of zero patient harm.

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02/11/2016
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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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01/26/2016
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The Joint Commission Awards First Integrated Care Certification

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The Joint Commission’s Hospital Accreditation Program announced today that Parrish Medical Center, a public, not-for-profit facility in Titusville, Florida, is the first hospital in the United States to be awarded Integrated Care Certification.

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01/25/2016
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Using the Targeted Solutions Tool® to Improve Hand Hygiene Compliance Is Associated with Decreased Health Care–Associated Infections

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The January 2016 issue of The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety features an article on how Memorial Hermann Health System used the Center for Transforming Healthcare’s hand hygiene tool to reduce health care-associated infections.

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01/12/2016
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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.

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01/12/2016