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BHC News - Issue 2, 2017

BHC News is published by The Joint Commission’s Department of Communications.


Patient safety


New study: Lean tools positively affect safety, throughput of behavioral health care programs

A new competency study in the June issue of The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety highlights using lean tools and principles to quickly transform a behavioral health crisis program.


Accreditation and Certification


EP Review Project Phase 3 yields EP deletions

Effective July 1, the behavioral health care (BHC) accreditation program will see a slimmer set of standards, as part of Phase 3 of the EP Review Project. The EP Review Project is a multiphase component that is part of Project REFRESH, a process improvement initiative being conducted throughout 2016 and 2017. Phase 1 resulted in the deletion of 225 hospital elements of performance (EPs). Phase 2 resulted in 51 additional EP deletions for hospitals.


Influx of BHC surveyors will meet growing demand for BHC accreditation

In order to better meet the demand and growth in the behavioral health care field for accreditation services, The Joint Commission recently increased its surveyor force by approximately 30 percent. This is expected to reduce survey wait times for initial behavioral health care surveys, as well as re-surveys, moving into the second half of 2017 and beyond.


New SAFER™ Matrix Resources portal: Gateway to understanding scoring methodology

The Joint Commission has created a one-stop shop for information and resources on the Survey Analysis for Evaluating Risk™ (SAFER™) Matrix, the scoring methodology that went into effect for all Joint Commission accreditation and certification programs on Jan. 1.


Safety culture and high reliability


Finken co-authors Viewpoint on psychiatry leaders’ role in improving safety culture in health care

Is now the time for the field of psychiatry to take note of and help establish a culture of safety in health care settings? Julia S. Finken, RN, BSN, MBA, The Joint Commission’s executive director of the behavioral health care accreditation program, thinks it is.


Webinar replay: Joint Commission president on safety culture and leadership

Guidance on how to build a safety culture in an organization was recently offered to hospital CEOs and other health care leaders during a webinar featuring Mark R. Chassin, MD, FACP, MPP, MPH, president and chief executive officer of The Joint Commission. A replay of the webinar — Building Your Safety Culture: A Job for Leaders — is available on The Joint Commission’s website, with the presentation slides.




Learn about available resources for workplace violence prevention

Health care workers are five times more likely to be victims of violence than workers in other occupations, according to a Bureau of Labor Statistics report. Another report, from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), states that 21 percent of registered nurses and nursing students have reported being physically assaulted — while more than 50 percent reported being verbally abused during a 12-month period.