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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. . .

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04/15/2016
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Prepublication Standards – National Patient Safety Goal for Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTIs)

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The Joint Commission has recently approved a new National Patient Safety Goal (NPSG) focusing on catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs) for accredited nursing care centers, and approved revisions to existing CAUTI NPSGs applicable to accredited hospitals and critical access hospitals.

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03/21/2016
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Improving and Measuring Osteoporosis Management

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For postmenopausal females living in North America, the chances of hip fracture due to osteoporosis are greater than the chances of being diagnosed with breast cancer, uterine cancer, or ovarian cancer, combined.

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03/21/2016
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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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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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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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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
01/04/2016
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High Reliability: The Path to Zero Harm

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The Jan/Feb 2016 issue of Healthcare Executive magazine features an article by Dr. Erin DuPree, CMO and vice president of the Center for Transforming Healthcare, on the path to high reliability. Read her perspective on how health care organizations can implement the steps toward achieving Zero Harm.

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01/04/2016
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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™.

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12/07/2015
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Facts about the National Patient Safety Goals

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In 2002, The Joint Commission established its National Patient Safety Goals (NPSGs) program; the first set of NPSGs was effective January 1, 2003. The NPSGs were established to help accredited organizations address specific areas of concern in regard to patient safety.

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12/02/2015
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Facts about the Nursing Care Center (NCC) Accreditation program

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The Joint Commission’s Nursing Care Center (NCC) Accreditation program is designed to help providers achieve, maintain and demonstrate consistent excellence for those they serve. The program launched in early 2013, replacing the previous Long Term Care Accreditation program.

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11/24/2015
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High Reliability in Healthcare: Working Toward Zero Harm

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In the latest issue of Arab Health magazine, Mark R. Chassin, MD, FACP, MPP, MPH, president and CEO of The Joint Commission, calls on all health care organizations to join the journey toward high reliability.

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11/17/2015
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Nursing Care Center: 2016 National Patient Safety Goals

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2016 National Patient Safety Goals

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11/05/2015
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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.

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10/13/2015
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Strategies for Improving Rapid Influenza Testing and Treatment in Ambulatory Settings (SIRAS)

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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. Listen to Podcast.

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10/09/2015
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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.

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06/26/2015
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And the Oscar goes to …

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We recently watched as all of Hollywood’s elite gathered for the presentation of the 87th annual Academy Awards. As always there were red carpets, limos, fashion critics, paparazzi and some of the most glamorous ladies and gentlemen in the world. Among all this glitz and glamor, two of the nominees brought attention to a very serious topic that probably resonated with everyone watching the telecast and beyond: Alzheimer’s disease and other memory-impairing conditions.

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03/03/2015