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Safety Culture: Shattering the Myths of Perfection and Punishment

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Mistakes happen! Read this blog by Gerry Castro and learn when the system is to blame.

Related Items: Leadership , Safety Culture , Blog

04/27/2017
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Devising Objective Measures for Medication Reconciliation

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Medication errors happen every day—at the doctor’s office, hospital, nursing home or surgery center. As health care professionals, medication reconciliation is one vitally important care process we use to help prevent medication errors.

Related Items: Accreditation , Certification

04/25/2017
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Top 10 Challenging Standards for 2016

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Frequent AmBuzz readers know it’s spring when The Joint Commission unveils an annual summary of the Top 10 Challenging Standards our Ambulatory Health Care (AHC) and Office-Based Surgery (OBS) accredited organizations experienced throughout 2016.

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04/13/2017
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One-Stop Shopping for Workplace Violence Prevention Resources

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The Joint Commission is at the forefront of solving the workplace violence issue in health care. Read the newest blog on our extensive effort to combat this problem.

Related Items: Accreditation , Certification , Workplace Violence Prevention

04/10/2017
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Register Today for May 9-10 Ambulatory Care ‘Accreditation Essentials’

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There are plenty of new developments at The Joint Commission that make it more important than ever to attend the Ambulatory Care “Accreditation Essentials” program, May 9-10, 2017.

Related Items: Ambulatory Health Care , Ambulatory , AMBUZZ

04/06/2017
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Top 5 Most Popular Patient Safety Podcasts

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Multimedia director Gidion Howell shares her favorite patient safety podcasts in this blog.

Related Items: Hospital , Accreditation , Certification

03/29/2017
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Making Dialysis Safer for Patients

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Infection can seriously sidetrack dialysis. Read how we're participating in the Making Dialysis Safer coalition.

Related Items: Accreditation , Certification , Blog

03/23/2017
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Total Hip / Total Knee Replacement Certification Raises Bar for Orthopedic ASCs

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As technology has enabled more procedures outside the acute-care setting, ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) are providing even more advanced surgical care.

Related Items: Ambulatory Health Care , Ambulatory , AMBUZZ

03/21/2017
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Beyond the Harm Identification Study Q&A

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The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety Editor-in-Chief Dr. David Baker asked lead author Dr. Christine Sammer about her study, “Developing and Evaluating an Automated All-Cause Harm Trigger System,” published this week in the April 2017 issue of the journal.

Related Items: Accreditation , Certification , Blog

03/16/2017
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Here’s How We Roll: Patient Safety Awareness Week 2017

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It's Patient Safety Awareness Week! Ann Blouin blogs on The Joint Commission's wide range of assets to promote safe patient care.

Related Items: Hospital , Patient Safety , Accreditation , Certification

03/13/2017
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Improve Your Center’s Infection Control & Prevention Processes!

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Ambulatory settings are among the top group of Joint Commission accrediteds who are challenged with breaches in high-level disinfection (HLD) and/or sterilization processes. It’s the number one threat to patient health and safety in these organizations.

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

03/08/2017
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How Engaged is Your Board?

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Don't underutilize your board of directors. Read up on our new tool to enhance board-leadership communication.

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03/03/2017
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Don’t Let Your Guard Down This Flu Season

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Flu season is far from over. Read our blog about our diagnostics and pandemic preparation courses!

Related Items: Hospital , Influenza , Accreditation , Certification , SIRAS

03/01/2017
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Leaders, Are you Risking an RFI with your the Informed Consent Process?

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Informed consent is so much more than mandatory paperwork. Read our blog and find out more.

Related Items: Hospital , Accreditation , Certification

03/01/2017
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Update – SAFER™ Having A Positive Impact

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Beginning January 1, 2017, Joint Commission’s survey process began to provide a new, graphical approach for identifying and communicating risk levels associated with deficiencies cited during accreditation surveys via the SAFER matrix.

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

02/22/2017
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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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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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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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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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