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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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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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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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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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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 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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Project REFRESH Debuts New Accreditation Survey Report - Jan. 1, 2018!

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The Joint Commission’s Ambulatory Care customers told us their survey reports were often confusing to navigate. They asked us to redesign the survey report to make it more user-friendly and easier-to-understand.

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11/15/2017
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Emergency Management Final Rule Impacts Specific Ambulatory Customers

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In September 2016, The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) issued the Emergency Management Final Rule, a set of emergency preparedness and response regulations that applies to 17 health care settings, including ambulatory organizations.

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11/01/2017
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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03/08/2017
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