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eCQM Core Team Make-Up and Reporting Philosophy Summarized in Webinars

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eCQM Core Team Make-Up and Reporting Philosophy Summarized in Webinars

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09/21/2017
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Let’s Make Dialysis Safer – Together!

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The Joint Commission as an organization makes a special effort to partner with like-minded organizations to improve disease care. At the ambulatory care level, we work with state and national associations on specific disease interventions.

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09/20/2017
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New Advanced Certification Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement Performance Measures

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The demand for total hip and knee replacements is expected to hit nearly 3 million by 2030—quadruple the current rate. While these procedures are among the most common surgeries performed in the United States and usually successful, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has noted significant variance in the quality and cost of care for these surgeries.

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09/13/2017
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Earning Comprehensive Cardiac Center Certification: Lessons Learned

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Recently, The Joint Commission (TJC) awarded its first ever Comprehensive Cardiac Center (CCC) certification to The University of Kansas Health System. This award recognizes heart programs with a comprehensive approach to care and a commitment to continuous improvement.

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09/12/2017
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Two-Way Communication is Key

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A 26-year-old U.S. soldier sustained injuries after he walked over an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan. His right arm and right leg below the knee were amputated during trauma surgery. He also suffered moderate brain injury and intermittent pain.

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09/12/2017
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The Back Story on How The Joint Commission Handles Complaints

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I spoke at Cleveland Clinic’s Eighth Annual Patient Experience Summit this summer; as usual for the event, response and questions were outstanding. There was one of my presentation slides that unexpectedly made its way to Twitter and has generated a fair amount of conversation beyond the conference.

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09/08/2017
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Get “The E Factor” at the Annual Ambulatory Care Conference: Oct. 18-19, 2017

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Today, engagement isn’t optional for those who work in healthcare or for the patients who seek their care. Unprecedented change is disrupting the health care industry; the only way we can hope to successfully navigate it and achieve our clinical quality goals is through 100 percent commitment among stakeholders.

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09/06/2017
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Joint Commission Nursing Care Accreditation Approved as Marker for Higher Reimbursements in Florida

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Starting Oct. 1, a new Medicaid reimbursement for nursing homes will take effect in the state of Florida. Nursing homes in other states are encouraged to take note.

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09/01/2017
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‘RISE’ to Support Second Victims in Health Care

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This blog post goes beyond the study, “Do Hospitals Support Second Victims? Collective Insights From Patient Safety Leaders in Maryland,” from the September 2017 issue of The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety. The post discusses a second victims program implemented at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.

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08/31/2017
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Use Insight Gained From Safety Culture Surveys to Make Improvements

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This is the sixth in a series of posts examining the 11 tenets of safety culture discussed in our Sentinel Event Alert and accompanying infographic. In this post, we examine the sixth tenet: Determine an organizational baseline measure on safety culture performance using a validated tool.

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08/22/2017
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Making Ambulatory Surgery Safer

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More than 23 million surgeries are performed annually in U.S. ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs). It is likely that this number will continue to increase as more and more procedures are being performed in ASCs rather than hospital settings.

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08/09/2017
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Superbug C. auris Cases Proliferating in Acute Care

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A year after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a clinical alert on the multidrug resistant C. auris, cases have multiplied more than 11 times.

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08/04/2017
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Announcing: Our 2017 Pioneers in QualityTM Expert Contributors to eCQM Practice

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The Joint Commission is pleased to announce that BayCare Health System (Florida); Memorial Hermann Healthcare System (Texas); St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital (New York), St. Mary Medical Center (Pennsylvania) and Virginia Commonwealth University Health System are recognized as our 2017 Pioneers in QualityTM Expert Contributors, for successful practices in electronic clinical quality measure (eCQM) adoption and utilization for quality improvement.

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08/04/2017
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Profiles in Services: Joint Commission Navy Fellow Sara Naczas

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The Joint Commission has had the pleasure of working closely with this year’s Navy fellow, Lt. Cmdr. Sara Naczas, MS, RN, CNOR. We value the unique health care perspective she has brought to The Joint Commission and her commitment to improving patient safety and quality of care. I hope you enjoy this account of how her fellowship experience led to her next role with the Navy.

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08/04/2017
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Anticoagulation for VTE? Check out this new free resource

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The discharge information a patient brings home can be critical to ensuring a safe hospital-to-home transition, especially as it relates to the proper use of medications. This holds particularly true for venous thromboembolism (VTE) patients.

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08/02/2017
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Recognizing Those Who Contribute to Safety Culture: The Trust-Report-and-Improve Dynamic

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This is the fifth in a series of posts examining the 11 tenets of safety culture discussed in our Sentinel Event Alert and accompanying infographic: This post examines the fifth tenet: Recognize and praise care team members who report adverse events and close calls, identify unsafe conditions, or present good suggestions for safety improvement.

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07/31/2017
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National Association for Home Care & Hospice Announces Death of Val J. Halamandaris

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It is with great sadness that the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) announces the passing of its president, Val J. Halamandaris, after a long illness.

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07/28/2017
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Can The Joint Commission Help Eliminate Hepatitis B and C in the Next 13 Years?

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If you’ve been paying attention to health news, you’ve probably heard that everyone, especially Baby Boomers, should be screened for Hepatitis C.

07/28/2017
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Zero Falls? It’s Possible.

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In health care, we have long been committed to reducing and preventing patient falls. In fact, call lights, checklists and risk assessments are just a few types of fall-related interventions that we have become well accustomed to over the years. While these interventions have made strides toward improving patient safety, it’s time to start thinking differently about how we approach falls.

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07/27/2017
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Keys to Better Environment of Care Compliance with EC.02.06.01 – Part 2

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Let’s take a look at this important EC standard from the point-of-view of our surveyors.

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07/26/2017
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Transfusing Wisely

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Red blood cell (RBC) transfusions are the most frequently performed hospital procedure in the United States, increasing 134 percent from 1997 to 2011. But, did you know that 50 percent or more of RBC transfusions may be unnecessary?

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07/21/2017
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Tracers! Tracers! And Mock Tracers!

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Whether it’s your first survey from The Joint Commission or you’re an accreditation veteran, you’ve most likely heard about tracers.

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07/20/2017
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Considering Pet Therapy? Here’s How to Write Your Hospital’s Animal Policy

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Therapy animals provide immense benefits patients. It’s proven in the literature and I’ve seen it anecdotally countless times in my dual roles as associate director for Joint Commission Enterprise Continuing Education and as a dog trainer.

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07/20/2017
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New Campaign Illustrates Need for Staff Training on Dangers of Tailgating

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This was the reaction many of our employees at Brigham and Women’s Hospital had after watching two provocative videos depicting scenarios in which an unauthorized person accessed a secure area because staff held the door or weren’t aware of their surroundings.

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07/17/2017
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