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Ambulatory Health Care/Blog Updates

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Project REFRESH Observes First Anniversary

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2017 was a big year for Project REFRESH, which is the Joint Commission’s multi-year effort aimed at improving various aspects of the pre-survey, onsite survey and post-survey process.

Related Items: Accreditation , Certification

01/17/2018
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Best of AmBuzz for 2017

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2017 was a year filled with important health care events and issues impacting the ambulatory care community, many of which were covered in Ambulatory Buzz… our very own informational ambulatory care blog.

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01/10/2018
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Top Quality Improvement Quotes from 2017

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Health care is always in the news, and this year The Joint Commission worked with more than 200 media outlets seeking information about our accredited and certified organizations; standards, requirements and processes; and advances in patient safety and quality of care.

Related Items: Accreditation , Certification

12/27/2017
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ADOPT Guidance Project Releases New Ambulatory Care Setting Guides in 2018

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As we’ve reported previously in AmBuzz, The Joint Commission and the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) have been collaborating since late 2015 on a three-year project, Adaptation & Dissemination of Outpatient Infection Prevention (ADOPT).

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12/27/2017
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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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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:

Related Items: Accreditation , Certification

11/29/2017
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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.

Related Items: Accreditation , Certification

11/03/2017
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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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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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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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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.

Related Items: Critical Access Hospital , Hospital

10/12/2017
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Missed outpatient cardiovascular disease: We’re even missing the low-hanging fruit

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This blog post goes beyond the study, “Missed Diagnosis of Cardiovascular Disease in Outpatient General Medicine: Insights from Malpractice Claims Data,” in the October 2017 issue of The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety.

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10/05/2017
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Standards Interpretation Group Collaborates Via Conference Call

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We’ve talked about Project REFRESH a lot this year, but I want to take this opportunity to delve into one of the new ways the REFRESH initiative is allowing for more streamlined communication between organizations and the Standards Interpretation Group (SIG).

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10/04/2017
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Let’s Make Dialysis Safer – Together!

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The Joint Commission as an organization makes a special effort to partner with like-minded organizations to improve disease care. At the ambulatory care level, we work with state and national associations on specific disease interventions.

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09/20/2017
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Two-Way Communication is Key

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A 26-year-old U.S. soldier sustained injuries after he walked over an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan. His right arm and right leg below the knee were amputated during trauma surgery. He also suffered moderate brain injury and intermittent pain.

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09/12/2017
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Get “The E Factor” at the Annual Ambulatory Care Conference: Oct. 18-19, 2017

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Today, engagement isn’t optional for those who work in healthcare or for the patients who seek their care. Unprecedented change is disrupting the health care industry; the only way we can hope to successfully navigate it and achieve our clinical quality goals is through 100 percent commitment among stakeholders.

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09/06/2017
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New Medication Management Standards Effective Jan. 1, 2018

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New Medication Management Standards Effective Jan. 1, 2018

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08/23/2017
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Use Insight Gained From Safety Culture Surveys to Make Improvements

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This is the sixth in a series of posts examining the 11 tenets of safety culture discussed in our Sentinel Event Alert and accompanying infographic. In this post, we examine the sixth tenet: Determine an organizational baseline measure on safety culture performance using a validated tool.

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08/22/2017
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Making Ambulatory Surgery Safer

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More than 23 million surgeries are performed annually in U.S. ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs). It is likely that this number will continue to increase as more and more procedures are being performed in ASCs rather than hospital settings.

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08/09/2017
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