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Joint Commission Air Force Military Fellow Barbara Cain Promoted to Colonel

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The promotion ceremony for Barbara Cain, MSN, RN-BC, PMHNP-BC, to the rank of colonel took place at The Joint Commission’s rotunda. Col. Cain was selected for promotion by a panel of superior Air Force officers and approved by Congress.

Related Items: Accreditation , Certification

06/23/2017
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Beyond the Study: A Q&A with Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Award Recipients: Part 1

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Here are the highlights of a conversation between the Journal’s Editor-in-Chief Dr. David Baker and Eisenberg Award recipients: Dr. Carolyn Clancy of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Sharon Anderson, who represents Carelink CareNow, a technology-driven, care coordination program based in Wilmington, Delaware.

Related Items: Leadership , Blog

06/22/2017
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Infection Control Challenges: What They Reveal, How You Can Respond

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Leading the most recent list of the Top Ten Challenging Standards for accredited Ambulatory Health Care (AHC) customers over the last year is an infection control (IC) standard cited more than any other standard in 2016.

Related Items: Ambulatory Health Care , Ambulatory , AMBUZZ

06/14/2017
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Top Four Life Safety Code Requirements Debunked

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Read our blog on Safety Code Requirements

Related Items: Accreditation , Certification , Fire Prevention

06/02/2017
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New & Improved: Redesigned Post-Survey Process Form

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As part of The Joint Commission’s Project REFRESH multiphase process improvement project, we’re excited to present customers a redesigned Evidence of Standards Compliance (ESC) form this July.

Related Items: Ambulatory Health Care , Office-Based Surgery , Standards , Survey Process , Accreditation , Ambulatory , Blog , AMBUZZ

05/31/2017
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Thrombectomy Stroke Certification Offered Next Year

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Read our blog on the new thrombectomy certification for stroke offered in January.

Related Items: Hospital , Accreditation , Certification , Stroke , Blog

05/31/2017
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What’s Your Board’s Competency in Quality and Safety?

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Board members play a vital role in ensuring high-quality care and patient safety in health care organizations. However, a new study suggests problematic gaps between what board members think they know and what they do in regards to quality and safety, as well as board members’ capability in quality and safety, as assessed by safety and quality leaders (SQLs) at their own health care organizations.

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05/30/2017
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A Growing Patient Safety Concern: Improperly Sterilized or High-Level Disinfected Equipment

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“Improperly sterilized surgical instruments harming U.S. patients,” “Patient sues hospital for improper sterilization of equipment,” and “Improper disinfection procedures expose patients to infection,” are just a few headlines in recent news.

Related Items: Hospital , Infection Control , Infection Prevention

05/25/2017
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In a Safety Culture, Appropriate Behaviors Start at the Top

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CEOs set the tone for a true safety culture. Read more in our blog featuring Citrus Valley Health Partners.

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05/24/2017
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Beyond the Study: A Q&A on Lean Principles and Transforming a Health Care Program

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The study, “Using Lean to Rapidly and Sustainably Transform a Behavioral Health Crisis Program: Impact on Throughput and Safety,” published today in the June 2017 issue of the Journal, describes how Lean principles were applied to improve clinical operations at the Crisis Response Center, a behavioral health facility specializing in emergency psychiatric care, in Tucson, Arizona.

Related Items: Lean Six Sigma , Accreditation , Certification , High Reliability

05/18/2017
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The Joint Commission. . . SAFER™ Than Ever!

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The Joint Commission’s new process for helping health care organizations identify risk and improve their patient care processes – the Survey Analysis for Evaluating Risk (SAFER) Matrix – has been fully integrated with the Ambulatory Care Program’s accreditation program since the beginning of 2017.

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

05/17/2017
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Fewer Ambulatory Care Standards... What’s Not to Like?

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The Joint Commission recently deleted 85 elements of performance (EPs) from the Ambulatory Health Care (AHC) accreditation program and 50 EPs from the Office-Based Surgery (OBS) program.

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05/03/2017
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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