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Refresher Course Reduced CAUTIs by 78 Percent in New York Long Term Care Organization

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My colleagues at Henry J. Carter Nursing Facility in New York, NY, and I knew that updating our knowledge via the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s (AHRQ) budding Safety Program for Long-Term Care would give our facility the necessary boost to cut down our catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI) rate. We never anticipated it would help us achieve a 78 percent reduction CAUTI.

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12/15/2017
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Embedding Safety Culture Training Into Quality Improvement Projects and Organizational Processes

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With everyone going 100 mph in their jobs anymore, team training can be one of the first things to slip off the priority list.

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12/15/2017
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Holding Up Both Ends of the Quality Partnership

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In my last post, I shared a look at the 750 U.S. hospitals that The Joint Commission surveyed from Jan. 1 through June 30 this year and made some high-level observations about the outcomes.

Related Items: Accreditation , Certification

12/15/2017
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Eliminating Reuse of Blood Glucose Monitoring Devices

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The Joint Commission is urging all ambulatory care providers to take extra precautions regarding what we all might consider a fairly mundane device… namely, the humble glucometer (or blood glucose monitoring device).

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12/13/2017
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The Art of Handoff Communication

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Hospitals continue to struggle with the art of handoff communication—the process of communicating patient information from one caregiver to another—or from one team of caregivers to another—for the purpose of ensuring the continuity and safety of a patient’s care.

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12/07/2017
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Introducing High Reliability Healthcare: The Blog

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For almost 10 years, the Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare has singularly focused on the mission of transforming health care into a high reliability industry.

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12/07/2017
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Home Health Organizations Accredited by The Joint Commission Outperform Non-Accredited Agencies

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Our latest study, published in the journal Home Health Care Management & Practice, found that accredited home health agencies are statistically more likely to have four- or five-star Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) ratings than their non-affiliated counterparts.

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12/05/2017
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The Joint Commission Selected by Covered California for Medical Home Status

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Covered California has selected The Joint Commission as an approved accrediting body to fulfill its Primary Care Medical Home (PCMH) Certification incentive, with the goal of improving access to quality care for all patients – including ambulatory care patients – impacted by its health insurance plans.

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11/29/2017
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Accreditation is About Continuous Quality — Not ‘Passing’ A Survey

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During the first six months of 2017, The Joint Commission conducted surveys at 750 U.S. hospitals. A look at the outcomes produces some interesting high-level observations that would come as a surprise to the general public:

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11/29/2017
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Be Antibiotics Aware: Smart Use, Best Care

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This week marks U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week and World Antibiotic Awareness Week, observed this year November 13–19. U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week is an annual observance to raise awareness about antibiotic resistance and the importance of appropriate antibiotic prescribing and use.

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11/15/2017
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R3 Report on Pain Management Specifies Prescribing and Monitoring Practices

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A new R3Report was recently released to help hospitals better understand and comply with the new pain standards, which will appear in the Leadership; Medical Staff; Provision of Care, Treatment, and Services; and Performance Improvement chapters of the hospital accreditation manual.

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11/15/2017
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Project REFRESH Debuts New Accreditation Survey Report - Jan. 1, 2018!

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The Joint Commission’s Ambulatory Care customers told us their survey reports were often confusing to navigate. They asked us to redesign the survey report to make it more user-friendly and easier-to-understand.

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11/15/2017
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The Logic Behind Our Decision Against New Telehealth Requirements

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As technology has become so accessible, Joint Commission-accredited health care organizations have started offering direct-to-patient (DTP) telehealth services to increase patient access to care. DTP telehealth services are typically on-demand, low-acuity care encounters provided directly to patients via telephone, video, or asynchronous communication.

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11/03/2017
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eCQM Webinars Help Establish Performance Improvement Priorities and Work with EHR Vendors

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Over the last few months, thousands of hospital quality, executive and other leaders have been tuning in to the Joint Commission’s Pioneers in Quality™ Proven Practices webinar series to hear peers present their successes and lessons for implementing electronic clinical quality measures (eCQM) quality improvement.

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11/03/2017
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What to Include in Your Emergency Management Plan in Nursing Homes

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A few weeks ago, I blogged about how emergency management standards and The Joint Commission’s patient care chapter help accredited organizations avoid the tragedies that occurred in Florida nursing homes after Hurricane Irma. In this post, I’ll share what nursing homes need in their emergency management plan.

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11/01/2017
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Emergency Management Final Rule Impacts Specific Ambulatory Customers

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In September 2016, The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) issued the Emergency Management Final Rule, a set of emergency preparedness and response regulations that applies to 17 health care settings, including ambulatory organizations.

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11/01/2017
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Community-Based Palliative Care Certification Reduces Readmissions

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Today’s palliative care is more individualized and goal-oriented than ever before, but there is still often a gap when it comes to receiving care outside hospital settings. All too often, palliative care is seamless in the in-patient setting but becomes disjointed when the patient moves home.

Related Items: Home Care , Home Care Accreditation

10/30/2017
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Medical Staff Essentials: Clarifying Medical Staff Standards

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The Joint Commission’s Medical Staff (MS) standards describe the medical staff’s roles and responsibilities in detail. Understanding and applying those standards, however, has always been challenging.

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10/27/2017
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The Journey Toward Equality in Health Care

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This blog post goes beyond the study “Examining Racial and Ethnic Differences in Nursing Home Quality” in the November 2017 issue of The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety.

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10/27/2017
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Using Unit-Level Safety Culture Survey Results to Make Quality Improvements

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This is the seventh in a series of posts examining the 11 tenets of safety culture discussed in our Sentinel Event Alert and accompanying infographic.

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10/20/2017
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You’re Invited: Join National Project to Reduce Harm from Antibiotics

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We’ve all heard the importance of the “right drug at the right dose for the right duration”.

10/19/2017
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First Integrated Care Certified Organization Shares Tips for Streamlining Processes

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The term “integrated care” is thrown around a lot in health care, but the recent emphasis on population health has made integration absolutely essential in providing safe care.

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10/18/2017
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State of California Licensing Home Care Facilities Based on Accreditation

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Effective October 1, the California Department of Public Health approved The Joint Commission accreditation as an option for home health licensure and re-licensure in the state.

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10/16/2017
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Only You Can Prevent Surgical Fires

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Out of approximately 65 million surgical cases annually, there are 200 to 240 surgical fires, a frequency comparable to that of other surgical safety events such as wrong site surgery and unintended retention of a foreign object.

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10/12/2017
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Nursing Homes Deaths in Aftermath of Hurricane Prompt Critical Analysis

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Hurricane Irma was a sobering reminder that emergency preparedness makes the difference between life and death. For nursing care centers and those who work in and with them, it also underscores necessity in applying guidance and standards.

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10/10/2017
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