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Facts about Quality Check® and Quality Reports®

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The Joint Commission has a longstanding commitment to providing meaningful information about the performance of accredited organizations to the public. The Quality Check® website,launched in 1996, fulfills this commitment.

Related Topics: Patient Safety Fact Sheets, Fact Sheets, Quality Check, Quality Report


Ambulatory Health Care, Hospitals, Critical Access Hospitals, Behavioral Health Care, Laboratory , Nursing Care Center, Office-Based Surgery, Home Care

Facts about the National Patient Safety Goals

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In 2002, The Joint Commission established its National Patient Safety Goals (NPSGs) program; the first set of NPSGs was effective January 1, 2003. The NPSGs were established to help accredited organizations address specific areas of concern in regard to patient safety.

Related Topics: Patient Safety Fact Sheets, Patient Safety, National Patient Safety Goals, Nursing Care Center, Laboratory Accreditation Program, Critical Access Hospital, Hospital, Home Care, Ambulatory Health Care, Behavioral Health Care


Facts about Speak Up™

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In March 2002, The Joint Commission launched its Speak Up™ patient safety program. Over time, the program has expanded to more than 70 countries and features infographics, animated videos, and brochures.

Related Topics: Fact Sheets, General Public, Patient Safety, Speak Up, Patient Rights, Patient Safety Fact Sheets


Facts about the Patient Safety Advisory Group

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In April 2002, The Joint Commission appointed a panel of widely recognized patient safety experts to advise it on the development of Sentinel Event Alert, The Joint Commission’s patient safety newsletter. At that time, the panel was named the Sentinel Event Advisory Group.

Related Topics: Patient Safety Fact Sheets, Advisory Group Fact Sheets, Sentinel Event, National Patient Safety Goals, Patient Safety


Facts about patient-centered communications

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Effective communication is critical to the successful delivery of health care services. The Joint Commission supports efforts to improve communication between health care professionals and patients.

Related Topics: Health Literacy, Fact Sheets, Hospital, Language, & Culture , Patient Safety, Speak Up, Patient-centered communications, Patient Safety Fact Sheets


Facts about the Nursing Advisory Council

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The Nursing Advisory Council (NAC) counsels senior leadership at The Joint Commission on present and evolving nursing- and patient care-related issues that are impacting health care quality and patient safety.

Related Topics: Sentinel Event, Patient Safety, National Patient Safety Goals, Advisory Group Fact Sheets, Patient Safety Fact Sheets


Facts about Pioneers in Quality™

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Pioneers in Quality™ (PIQ) is a Joint Commission program to assist hospitals on their journey toward electronic clinical quality measure (eCQM) adoption.

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Hospitals, Critical Access Hospitals

Facts about the Official “Do Not Use” List of Abbreviations

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The Joint Commission’s “Do Not Use” List is part of the Information Management standards.

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Facts about patient safety

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As part of its mission, The Joint Commission is committed to improving health care safety for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value.

Related Topics: Patient Safety Fact Sheets, Patient Safety, National Patient Safety Goals, Universal Protocol, Speak Up, Sentinel Event, Fact Sheets


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