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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.

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

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.

Related Items: Critical Access Hospital , Hospital

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.

Related Items: Ambulatory Health Care , Ambulatory , Diagnostic Imaging Services , AMBUZZ

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.

Related Items: Ambulatory Health Care , Ambulatory , CT Scan , Diagnostic Imaging Services , AMBUZZ , Computed Tomography (CT)

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.

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05/23/2016
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Heading Down a New Path

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Many of our home care programs are now taking a new path by adding Community-Based Palliative Care Certification. In doing so, these thought leaders are defining their roles in value-based care. Read just a few of the studies demonstrating the value of palliative care and you’ll agree this gap in our health-care system needs to close.

Related Items: Home Care , Palliative Care , Home Care Accreditation , Community based palliative care

05/13/2016
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Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement in Your ASC

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Hear about Joint Commission's new offering for Advanced Certification for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement in Your ASC.

Related Items: Ambulatory Health Care , Hip Replacement , Knee Replacement , Ambulatory , AMBUZZ

05/12/2016
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It’s as simple as 1-2-3

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Prevent unintended retained foreign objects (URFOs); simply incorporate a “count” process.

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05/05/2016
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Standards Compliance Challenges

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Ambulatory Health Care and Office-Based Surgery Top Standards Compliance Data for 2015 Unveiled.

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04/28/2016
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Health Care’s Unsung Heroes Have Their Week, too

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I normally post blogs about Nurses Week or Hospital Week at this time of year. I felt it important to shine a spotlight on Lab Week this year as laboratorians frequently are the unsung heroes in the health-care setting.

Related Items: Critical Access Hospital , Hospital , Laboratory Accreditation Program

04/26/2016
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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: Ambulatory Health Care , Ambulatory , Infection Control , AMBUZZ

04/12/2016
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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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Blood management programs an important pillar of patient safety

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The Joint Commission and AABB have joined together to create a new Patient Blood Management Certification. This is a unique offering for organizations to shore up their existing programs and undergo evaluation to validate and fully maximize the time and resources dedicated to blood management. Achieving this certification benefits health care organizations and, even more importantly, their patients.

Related Items: Critical Access Hospital , Hospital , Patient Safety , Patient Blood Management Certification

03/15/2016
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A Rewarding Launch

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In the journey to create our new Community-Based Palliative Care Certification, we had the opportunity to work with recognized leaders in the field of palliative care. We were also guided by expert home care providers from the worlds of home health, pharmacy and hospice.

Related Items: Home Care , Home Care Accreditation , Community based palliative care

03/11/2016
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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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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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