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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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Profiles in Services: Joint Commission Navy Fellow Sara Naczas

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The Joint Commission has had the pleasure of working closely with this year’s Navy fellow, Lt. Cmdr. Sara Naczas, MS, RN, CNOR. We value the unique health care perspective she has brought to The Joint Commission and her commitment to improving patient safety and quality of care. I hope you enjoy this account of how her fellowship experience led to her next role with the Navy.

Related Items: Accreditation , Certification , Blog

08/04/2017
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Recognizing Those Who Contribute to Safety Culture: The Trust-Report-and-Improve Dynamic

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This is the fifth in a series of posts examining the 11 tenets of safety culture discussed in our Sentinel Event Alert and accompanying infographic: This post examines the fifth tenet: Recognize and praise care team members who report adverse events and close calls, identify unsafe conditions, or present good suggestions for safety improvement.

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07/31/2017
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Keys to Better Environment of Care Compliance with EC.02.06.01 – Part 2

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Let’s take a look at this important EC standard from the point-of-view of our surveyors.

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07/26/2017
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Don’t Hit the Snooze Button on Upcoming Sleep LCD Deadlines

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Early 2017 marked the beginning of significant changes within the sleep provider community. Certain Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) revised their local coverage determinations (LCDs), modifying policies regarding Medicare coverage for polysomnography and other sleep-specific studies. Previously, these MACs recognized both Joint Commission Hospital and Ambulatory Care Accreditation.

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07/12/2017
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Beyond the Study: A Q&A with Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Award Recipients: Part 3

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This is the final post in a three-part series highlighting the quality improvement and patient safety achievements of this year’s John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Award recipients, showcased in the July 2017 issue of The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety. This post examines the quality and patient safety efforts of Christiana Care Health System’s Christiana Care Care Link, recently renamed Carelink CareNow, recognized in the award’s local achievement category.

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07/06/2017
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Re-Vamped ESC Form Launches July 2017

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The Joint Commission has re-designed the Evidence of Standards Compliance (ESC) form that organizations may complete following an on-site accreditation or certification survey—to help the organization better communicate the most critical aspects of their corrective actions to resolve Requirements for Improvement (RFIs), as well as ensure sustainability.

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07/05/2017
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Beyond the Study: A Q&A with Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Award Recipients: Part 2

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This is the second post in a three-part series highlighting the quality improvement and patient safety achievements of this year’s John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Award recipients, showcased in the July 2017 issue of The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety. This post examines the quality and patient safety efforts of Dr. Clancy, recognized in the award’s individual achievement category.

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06/29/2017
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Keys to Better Environment of Care Compliance with EC.02.06.01 – Part 1

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From highly-specialized ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) to busy community health centers, ambulatory health care organizations provide their services across a variety of patient care platforms.

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06/28/2017
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Reporting Adverse Events: An Important Step Toward Establishing Learning Culture

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This is the fourth in a series of posts examining the 11 tenets of safety culture discussed in our Sentinel Event Alert and accompanying infographic on safety culture. For a culture to be truly safe, organizational leadership must establish, enforce and communicate policies for reporting adverse events, close calls and unsafe conditions.

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06/26/2017
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Profiles in Service: Joint Commission Air Force Military Fellow Barbara Cain

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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