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Special Delivery

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A Cesarean, or C-section is one of the top 10 most common surgeries in America but, because it’s often performed as an emergency procedure, many patients don’t know what to expect. The decision to undergo a c-section is usually due to a complication before labor, severe bleeding or failure to progress in labor, or when the baby is in distress, not in the right position for delivery or too big to fit through the pelvis.

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12/09/2016
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CITe Database Embraces Observation-Centric Focus

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Initially rolled out to our accredited hospital customers, the CITe database is now bringing consistency in the survey report process to all Joint Commission accredited organizations, including our ambulatory care customers.

Related Items: Ambulatory Health Care , Ambulatory , AMBUZZ

12/07/2016
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Make Infection Control Improvement your 2017 Resolution

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The BoosterPak for High-Level Disinfection (HLD) and Sterilization is applicable to hospitals and critical-access hospitals as well ambulatory and office-based surgery settings and provides detailed information on HLD and sterilization processes.

Related Items: Ambulatory Health Care , Critical Access Hospital , Hospital , Infection Prevention , Blog

12/06/2016
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Solutions are for Sharing

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The Core Measure Solution Exchange is accessible only to employees of Joint Commission-accredited organizations through The Joint Commission Connect™ extranet site. It’s an interactive forum for organizations to exchange quality improvement practices electronically, on a portal that’s separate from the accreditation process and not accessible to the public.

Related Items: Accreditation , Certification , Core Measure Solutions Exchange

11/28/2016
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Workplace Violence - Are You Being A Good Shepherd?

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According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, attacks on health care workers account for almost 70% of all nonfatal workplace assaults causing days away from work in the United States. In fact, health care staff are regularly harassed, threatened or attacked every year in this country, and the rate of workplace violence does not seem to be slowing down.

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11/22/2016
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New Year, New Clarifications Process

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Clarification requests represent rework for both customers and The Joint Commission. The number of Clarifications submitted to the Joint Commission is significant. In an average month, the Standards Interpretation Group receives more than 1,000 Clarification Requests. Over half of these requests are from hospitals, and many of these clarifications are in the Life Safety and Environment of Care Chapters.

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11/21/2016
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Reading the Tea Leaves for 2016-17 Flu Season

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While nobody can predict how severe the 2016-17 flu season will be, many public health officials are expressing concern that the removal of the pain-free—but ineffective— flu mist will result in fewer vaccinations against flu.

Related Items: Influenza , Accreditation , Certification , Education Resources , Influenza Pandemic

11/11/2016
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Check Out the New Book of Checklists!

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In the high-stress reality of ambulatory and office-based surgery settings, it’s easy to understand the desire to simplify complex tasks. Yet it has to be done in a way that helps make patient care safe and effective. That’s where checklists come in handy.

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11/08/2016
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Getting in Gear: Anti-Microbial Stewardship – Not Just for Hospitals Anymore

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Antibiotic resistance is currently a hot topic in health care. As an ambulatory care provider, is your knowledge up to date? Read what you need to know.

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10/25/2016
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Teaming Up Against Workplace Violence

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The Joint Commission just launched a workplace violence prevention portal to support health care organizations in preventing, preparing for and mitigating the impact of workplace violence. Violent situations occurring across our country spill over into our emergency departments (EDs), behavioral health settings and elsewhere.

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10/19/2016
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Nursing Homes Reaching Higher for the Stars

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In today’s ever-connected world, nobody orders a pizza without checking Yelp ratings. It’s increasingly the same in health care, as consumers check online reviews before selecting a provider and study online ratings for nursing homes even more seriously.

Related Items: Nursing Care Center , Skilled Nursing Facility

10/18/2016
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In Search of Perfection

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As much as we all seek perfection – and that includes The Joint Commission – not all of us succeed in achieving it. But that doesn’t mean those of us in healthcare shouldn’t continue to improve and strive for perfection! With that thought in mind, I offer you our biennial summary of the Top 10 Most Challenging Standards for accredited Ambulatory Care organizations and Office-Based Surgery practices.

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10/11/2016
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Intensify Your Focus – Infection Prevention in Ambulatory Surgery Centers

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Ensuring your patients have the safest, highest quality surgical experience is what every Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) strives to achieve. A sure-fire way to guarantee you’re doing the best thing for your patient is to intensify your focus on infection prevention and control.

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09/27/2016
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Learning from mistakes from the top down

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Accreditation, or even the thought of it, can cause a feeling similar to test anxiety. Too many people miss the opportunity to learn from what has occurred during the survey itself. That is the actual opposite of the purpose of the accreditation process intended at its inception and later when the Medicare Conditions of Participation (CoPs) were first implemented.

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09/27/2016
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Are You the ‘Wondering’ Type?

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Join your ambulatory care friends, colleagues and The Joint Commission's Ambulatory Care team at our Annual Ambulatory Care Conference, Oct. 27-28, 2016, in Rosemont, Ill. and we'll reveal the answers to these questions and more, during our two-day, information-packed conference.

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09/13/2016
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ADOPT Guidance Project – Updating an Important Collaborative Effort

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The Joint Commission is collaborating with the CDC on the ADOPT Project.

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08/30/2016
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Accreditation Just Got SAFER

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The Survey Analysis for Evaluating Risk (SAFER) matrix is the next in the series of process improvements to be offered by The Joint Commission via Project REFRESH and debuts Jan. 1, 2017 for all accredited customers (including Ambulatory Care and Office-Based Surgery).

Related Items: Ambulatory Health Care , Ambulatory , AMBUZZ , SAFER Matrix

08/12/2016
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The Only Constant is CHANGE. So Let’s Facilitate Change!

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If you're promoting improvement in your organization, then you're FACILITATING CHANGE!

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08/02/2016
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Check this out! New Compliance Checklist for Diagnostic Imaging!

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Check this out! New, first-of-its-kind compliance checklist for diagnostic imaging: use it to do a self-assessment and prepare for the on-site survey.

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07/20/2016
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Show me the Data! Diagnostic Imaging: One Year Later…

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To better understand how well organizations were implementing the imaging standards changes, The Joint Commission reviewed final accreditation reports for ambulatory care and hospital surveys conducted between July 2015 and March 2016.

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07/06/2016
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Pumping the Brakes on the New CT Technologist EPs

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Important Update on The Joint Commission's expectations for technologists performing computed tomography (CT) exams.

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06/16/2016
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One Index to Rule Them All

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We have thousands of web pages, periodical articles, books, monographs, videos, webinars, podcasts, lessons, etc. You name it, we have it. Only problem is, how do you search through it? Now we have an answer. We are very pleased to announce an important and useful new resource: The Joint Commission Enterprise Content Library Index (ECL Index).

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06/07/2016
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You Can See Clearly Now

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A transformative approach for identifying and communicating risk levels associated with deficiencies cited during surveys, known as the SAFER (Survey Analysis for Evaluating Risk) Matrix, is meant to help organizations prioritize and focus corrective actions.

Related Items: Critical Access Hospital , Hospital , SAFER Matrix

06/02/2016
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The "Golden Opportunity" of Accreditation

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Learn how Federal Occupational Health (FOH) used accreditation as a way to align its mission statement while striving to demonstrate a high level of excellence in health care.

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05/31/2016
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A Golden Anniversary for Our Gold Seal

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It saw the publishing of arguably America’s greatest novel (In Cold Blood, Truman Capote), the passing of one of the most recognizable names in recent history (Walt Disney) and a revolution in health care (creation of Medicare). It saw Miranda rights and the deciphering of DNA. Yet, these are not the only historical remembrances of 1966. At The Joint Commission, we also remember 1966 as the year the Nursing Care Center Accreditation program was born.

Related Items: Nursing Care Center , Skilled Nursing Facility

05/23/2016
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