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Improving Outcomes for Pediatric Patients with a Chronic Condition

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As committed health care professionals, we all want to do the best by our youngest patients. Keeping children with chronic conditions out of the hospital is a goal we all aim for, but this can be challenging due to our health care system’s focus on more episodic rather than longer-term care.

Related Items: Accreditation , Certification , Pediatrics

02/16/2017
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Five Ways SAFER Helps Outline Priorities

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The SAFER matrix outlines all your corrective actions in one place. So easy to use!

Related Items: Home Care , Home Care Accreditation , SAFER Matrix

02/16/2017
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Surgeon General Speaks Out on Addiction

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It's official: The surgeon general says addiction costs the U.S. more than $442 billion.

Related Items: Behavioral Health Care , Accreditation , Certification , Blog

02/07/2017
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An ASC Administrator’s View of the On-Site Survey

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Many view the preparation process for an accreditation survey to be a daunting task. At our ASC, we view it as a positive opportunity to identify areas requiring improvement.

Related Items: Ambulatory Health Care , Ambulatory , AMBUZZ

02/07/2017
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What We Have Here… Is a Failure to Communicate

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Did your graduate training prepare you to communicate with patients?

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01/26/2017
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Is it Time for an Oral Care Plan Checkup?

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Latest and greatest in oral care practice.

Related Items: Infection Control , Nursing Care Center , Infection Prevention , Blog

01/25/2017
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New Patient Safety Systems Chapter for Ambulatory Care and Office-Based Surgery

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Have you read the newest chapter (Patient Safety Systems chapter) in the Comprehensive Accreditation Manual for Ambulatory Care or the Standards for Office-Based Surgery Practices?

Related Items: Ambulatory Health Care , Ambulatory , AMBUZZ , Patient Safety Systems

01/25/2017
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Strong Communication Practices Smoothed the Path for Nation’s First Memory Care Certification

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Read the great story of 49-bed Chaparral House obtaining the nation's first Post-Acute and Memory Care certifications.

Related Items: Nursing Care Center , Skilled Nursing Facility , Memory Care

01/23/2017
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A New Year, a ‘New’ Journal

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New blog post highlighting 2017 changes at The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety.

Related Items: Hospital , Patient Safety , Quality , Accreditation , Certification

01/20/2017
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New Cardiac Certification Addresses Business, Compliance Challenges

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The Joint Commission’s new Comprehensive Cardiac Center Certification began accepting applications Jan. 1. Comprehensive Cardiac Center Certification is a voluntary, independent evaluation of standards compliance, clinical performance on targeted metrics, and achievement (or even maintenance) of the requirements.

Related Items: Accreditation , Certification

01/11/2017
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Five Things You Need to Know About 2017 Survey Changes for Medicare Deemed ASCs

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Effective January 1, 2017, approximately two-thirds of ambulatory surgical centers (ASCs) electing to use the Medicare-deemed option may receive adjustments to the survey complements (length and/or number of surveyors).

Related Items: Ambulatory Health Care , Ambulatory Surgery Centers , Ambulatory , Ambulatory Surgical Center , AMBUZZ

01/10/2017
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New Edition of Infection Prevention and Control Workbook Includes Ambulatory and CMS Requirements

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In an effort to help reduce infections in all health care settings, Joint Commission Resources (JCR) and the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) will publish the third edition of the Infection Prevention and Control Workbook on Feb. 15.

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

01/09/2017
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Innovative Ways to Eliminate Health Disparities

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Though The Joint Commission has been leading health equity initiatives since 2002, we recognize that the real work is done by the healthcare organizations we accredit. Last fall, we co-hosted an inaugural Health Equity Forum along with the American Hospital Association, to spark discussion about efforts several health care systems and health care professional organizations to reduce health disparities.

Related Items: Leadership , Health Equity , Blog , Health Equity Portal Resource

01/06/2017
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Should OSHA Officially Address Workplace Violence?

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Is it time for OSHA to create a workplace violence standard? The rate of workplace violence against employees providing health care and social assistance services is substantially higher than private industry as a whole, according to a recent Government Accountability Office report.

Related Items: Accreditation , Certification , Workplace Violence Prevention

01/03/2017
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A Survey Milestone 10 Years in the Making

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As 2016 comes to a close, we mark a significant milestone in the Joint Commission accreditation process: the 10-year anniversary of the unannounced survey. In 2006, the unannounced survey was instituted for all accreditation programs (excluding laboratory surveys which are every two years) and a survey window of every 18-36 months was introduced.

Related Items: Critical Access Hospital , Hospital

12/28/2016
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Top 10 Reasons to Participate in C. Diff/MDRO Measurement Program

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The Joint Commission’s Department of Health Services Research asks you to take part in a short-term project, supported through a research contract from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Antibiotic Resistance Solutions Initiative.

Related Items: Nursing Care Center , Skilled Nursing Facility , C-Diff

12/26/2016
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Best Blogs of 2016

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2016 was packed with interesting events and information crucial to our ambulatory care community. As each of these issues debuted, they were introduced and explained via our informational blog, AmBuzz – for you – our valued ambulatory care customers.

Related Items: Ambulatory Health Care , Ambulatory , AMBUZZ

12/21/2016
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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.

Related Items: Critical Access Hospital , Hospital , Accreditation , Certification , Blog

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.

Related Items: Ambulatory Health Care , Ambulatory , AMBUZZ

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.

Related Items: Critical Access Hospital , Hospital , SAFER Matrix

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.

Related Items: Ambulatory Health Care , Ambulatory , AMBUZZ

11/08/2016
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