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Ambulatory Health Care/Blog Updates

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Following Manufacturers’ Instructions Helps Prevent Surgical Infections

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Not surprisingly, three of the 10 most challenging standards for Joint Commission accredited ambulatory care (AHC) organizations and office based surgery (OBS) practices during surveys conducted in 2017 were related to infection prevention and control activities.

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04/18/2018
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Is Patient Safety Culture Improving? Repeating Organizational Assessment at 18-24 Months

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This is the next in a series of posts examining the 11 tenets of safety culture discussed in our Sentinel Event Alert 57 and accompanying infographic. It examines the how organizational assessments of safety culture should be repeated every 18 to 24 months to review progress and sustain improvement.

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04/12/2018
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Top Ten Challenging Ambulatory Care Standards for 2017

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AmBuzz readers know spring has sprung when The Joint Commission unveils its annual list of the Top Ten Challenging Standards for accredited Ambulatory Health Care (AHC) organizations and Office-Based Surgery (OBS) practices throughout 2017.

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04/04/2018
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The Top Five Questions on Revised Behavioral Health Care Outcome Measures Standard

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How does an individual receiving behavioral health care (BHC) feel on a particular day? Does he feel good, bad or the same? Is she improving or declining? To help answer these questions, measurement-based care is an important tool for BHC organizations.

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03/23/2018
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Register Now for Ambulatory Care Accreditation Essentials: May 8-9, 2018

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Join the ambulatory care crowd – your colleagues providing patient care from across the ambulatory care spectrum – and register today for Ambulatory Care Accreditation Essentials, a two-day comprehensive education program offered by Joint Commission Resources (JCR), held in Oakbrook Terrace, IL, May 8-9, 2018.

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03/23/2018
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Leveraging Health IT for Patient Safety

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The rapid pace of innovation and change in technology holds great potential to improve our patients’ health and the quality and safety of the care we provide them.

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03/16/2018
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Infection Control Program Elements to Remember

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As busy Clinical Directors and Infection Control Coordinators, constant attention is required to ensure our ambulatory surgery center (ASC) policies and procedures for infection control (IC) are kept up-to-date.

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03/07/2018
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Thank You, Patient Safety Advocates

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A mentor once told me to always move on while you are still effective and contributing.

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03/01/2018
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Getting an ROI from Robust Process Improvement (RPI)

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As a growing number of health care organizations make progress on their own journeys toward zero harm and high reliability, our Center team frequently hears from organizations struggling with how to bring their leadership fully on board with high reliability or challenged by making safety culture survey results actionable every day.

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02/23/2018
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AHRQ Focuses on ASC Patient Safety Resources

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Despite the trend of more surgical care being provided in ambulatory care settings, the majority of patient safety efforts to date have focused on the inpatient setting.

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02/23/2018
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TST® Hand Hygiene observations have gone MOBILE

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Great news for current and prospective TST® Hand Hygiene users: You can now record your hand hygiene observations on any mobile device.

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02/13/2018
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Hand Hygiene Compliance Now Mandatory in All Ambulatory Care Settings

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A decade ago, The Joint Commission began requiring health care organizations to maintain a hand hygiene program. For the past several years, deemed ambulatory surgery center (ASC) surveyors have cited hand hygiene as an expectation of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Starting this year, ambulatory care surveyors will issue a citation if they witness any ambulatory care organization employee failing to follow correct hand hygiene guidelines before providing direct patient car

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02/08/2018
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Second Victim Syndrome: A Joint Commission Nurse Shares Her Trauma

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In recent years, there’s been an increase in recognition of second victim syndrome, which describes mental trauma common to practitioners after a patient’s adverse health event. The Joint Commission has published a Quick Safety and recent guest blog examining the implications of second victim syndrome, both for clinicians and their patients. One of our own Joint Commission staff members reflects here on her own personal experience with second victim syndrome

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02/07/2018
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Joint Commission Accreditation – A Team-Building Journey for Your Community Health Center

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The journey to achieve The Joint Commission’s ambulatory care accreditation is a process that can promote high quality and improve both patient safety and healthcare outcomes for your Community Health Center. It’s a process that is best accomplished by engaging all your center’s staff in the journey, including your executive leadership team and board members.

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01/25/2018
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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:

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11/29/2017
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