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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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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.

Related Items: Ambulatory Health Care , Ambulatory , Antimicrobial Stewardship , AMBUZZ

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.

Related Items: Leadership , Violence , Blog , Workplace Violence Prevention

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.

Related Items: Ambulatory Health Care , Ambulatory , AMBUZZ

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.

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.

Related Items: Ambulatory Health Care , Ambulatory , AMBUZZ

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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