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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.

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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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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.

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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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