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Reducing Health Care Provider Stress and Burnout to Improve Satisfaction and Patient Care

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Reducing health care provider stress and burnout to improve satisfaction and patient care is the focus of two new articles in the May 2018 issue of The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety.

05/17/2018

The Joint Commission Appoints New Infection Prevention and Control Director

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Sylvia Garcia-Houchins, MBA, RN, CIC, has joined The Joint Commission as its new director of infection prevention and control in the Division of Healthcare Improvement. Garcia-Houchins is responsible for the oversite of infection prevention and control initiatives at The Joint Commission.

05/07/2018

Early Treatment Program for Opioid-Dependent Newborns Significantly Reduces Cost While Maintaining Medical and Safety Outcomes

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Fetal opioid exposure can result in neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS). A study to be published in the June 2018 issue of The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety describes an early treatment program for opioid-dependent newborns.

05/04/2018

New Study: Hospitals Reporting Inpatient Psychiatric Services Measures to The Joint Commission Improve Performance Over Time

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A new study in the July 2018 issue of Psychiatric Services shows that hospitals reporting inpatient psychiatric services measures to The Joint Commission demonstrated improved performance on measures related to admission screening, multiple antipsychotic medication justification, discharge planning, and restraint and seclusion use.

05/03/2018

Free new resources added to Emergency Management Resources portal to prepare health care organizations for disasters

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The Joint Commission has updated its online Emergency Management Resources portal with new resources to help health care organizations in preparing, planning and responding to disasters such as hurricanes, tornadoes, active shooter situations and cyberattacks.

04/26/2018

The Joint Commission Issues New Sentinel Event Alert on Violence against Health Care Workers during Workplace Violence Awareness Month

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The Joint Commission has issued a new Sentinel Event Alert during Workplace Violence Awareness Month to help health care workers in hospitals and other health care settings recognize violence from patients and visitors, become prepared to handle it and more effectively address the aftermath.

04/17/2018

Hospitals, Critical Access Hospitals

Joint Commission authors in JAMA Viewpoint: No perfect solution to achievable benchmarks for value-based payment

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In a newly published JAMA Viewpoint, “Setting Achievable Benchmarks for Value-Based Payments: No Perfect Solution,” The Joint Commission’s David Baker, MD, MPH, and Susan Yendro, RN, MSN, call for payers and policymakers to account for the error inherent in clinical quality measures when setting payment rules for health care providers—and avoid value-based payments that rely on measure performance.

04/16/2018

Palliative Care

The Joint Commission, Relias Expand Online Learning Features on Accreditation, Certification for Quality-Focused Nursing Homes

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Quality-focused nursing home professionals who subscribe to Relias online learning now have easier access to expanded features for learning modules that provide step-by-step details on Joint Commission requirements for Nursing Care Center Accreditation, Post-Acute Care Certification and Memory Care Certification.

04/04/2018

Hospitals

New Advisory from The Joint Commission on Newborn Falls and Drops in Hospitals

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Each year, an estimated 600 to 1,600 newborns in the United States experience an in-hospital fall.1 Infant falls can escalate into conditions of serious harm to the newborn as well as emotional distress to parents and caregivers.

03/28/2018

New Study Analyzes Effect of Adjusting for Socioeconomic Status in CMS Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program

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A new study in the April 2018 issue of The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety analyzes the effect of hospital peer groups in adjusting for socioeconomic status (SES) or “social risk” in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (HRRP).

03/21/2018

First Thrombectomy-Capable Stroke Center Certification Awarded by The Joint Commission, American Heart Association/American Stroke Association

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St. Joseph Mercy Oakland, Pontiac, Michigan, a member of Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, is the first hospital in the country to earn Thrombectomy-Capable Stroke Center (TSC) certification from The Joint Commission, in collaboration with the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA).

03/15/2018

John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Award Recipients Announced

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The recipients of this year's John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Awards include a physician who is passionate about improving communication and transparency between patients and their health care providers, a network of children’s hospitals that has saved an estimated 10,000 children from harm, and a large hospital system that achieved a nearly 60 percent decrease in hospital-acquired patient harm.

03/12/2018

Ambulatory Health Care, Hospitals, Critical Access Hospitals, Behavioral Health Care, Laboratory , Nursing Care Center, Office-Based Surgery, Home Care, Bureau of Primary Health Care, Palliative Care, Integrated Care , Perinatal Care

The Joint Commission Appoints New Chief Nursing Executive/ Executive Vice President of Customer Relations

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Cheryl L. Hoying, PhD, RN, FACHE, joins The Joint Commission today as chief nurse executive and executive vice president of customer relations.

03/05/2018

New Study Uses Electronic Health Record Data to Identify Hypertension in Patients from Underserved Communities

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A new study in the March 2018 issue of The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety calls attention to how 10 U.S. health centers used electronic health record data to identify hypertension in patients from underserved communities.

02/23/2018

Huron Announces Collaboration with the Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare to Improve Consumer Safety and Quality of Care

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Global professional services firm Huron (NASDAQ: HURN) and the Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare, a nonprofit affiliate of The Joint Commission, today announced they have entered into a collaborative agreement to create a series of workshops centered around high reliability strategies for healthcare organizations.

02/21/2018

The Joint Commission and American Heart Association/American Stroke Association offer New Stroke Center Certification Level for Non-accredited Hospitals

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The Joint Commission, in collaboration with the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, the world’s leading voluntary health organization devoted to fighting cardiovascular disease and stroke, has made stroke center certification available to all hospitals that meet eligibility criteria, regardless of whether they are accredited by The Joint Commission.

02/12/2018

Behavioral Health Care

The Joint Commission Releases R3 Report on Revised Outcome Measures Standard for Behavioral Health Care

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For nearly 20 years, behavioral health care research has demonstrated the value of measurement-based care as a tool for improving outcomes of care, treatment or services. A new R3 Report from The Joint Commission provides in-depth rationale and evidence for a revised behavioral health care standard that became effective on January 1. The standard requires The Joint Commission’s Behavioral Health Care accredited organizations to use a standardized tool or instrument to assess outcomes of care, tr

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02/06/2018

Call for Papers on Improving Antimicrobial Stewardship in Health Care from The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety

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As antimicrobial resistance continues to increase and constitute a major threat to public health in the United States and around the world, The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety is calling for papers on improving antimicrobial stewardship programs in health care settings.

02/01/2018

New Advisory from The Joint Commission on Supporting Second Victims in Health Care

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After a patient suffers an adverse event, the health care providers directly involved can suffer from difficulty sleeping, reduced job satisfaction, guilt and anxiety, as well as other emotional and physical harm. In addition, recurrent memories can contribute to more serious consequences such as burnout, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and suicidal ideation—all of which affect medical judgement.

01/30/2018

The Joint Commission, American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Announce New Thrombectomy Certification

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The Joint Commission, in collaboration with the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, the world’s leading voluntary health organization devoted to fighting cardiovascular disease and stroke, now offers a Thrombectomy-Capable Stroke Center (TSC) certification program.

01/28/2018

Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare Appoints Director of Customer Engagement

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The Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare announces the appointment of Dawn R. Allbee, MA, as director of customer engagement.

01/28/2018

New Study Identifies Successful Approaches to Antimicrobial Stewardship Programs in U.S. Hospitals

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A new study in the February 2018 issue of The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety identifies common characteristics and innovative strategies among antimicrobial stewardship programs leading the way.

01/25/2018

Hospitals, Critical Access Hospitals

The Joint Commission Releases R3 Report on New Maternal Infectious Disease Requirements for Hospitals

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HIV and other transmittable diseases can have serious consequences for both a woman and her baby. While some problems may be seen at birth, others may not be noticeable until days, weeks or months later.

01/11/2018

The Joint Commission Appoints New Medical Directors in Healthcare Quality Evaluation and Patient Safety

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The Joint Commission announces the appointment of Edward Pollak, MD, as medical director and patient safety officer, Division of Healthcare Improvement, and Andrew C. Bland, MD, MBA, FAAP, FACP, as medical director, Division of Healthcare Quality Evaluation. Both appointments were effective January 2.

01/08/2018

Universal Suicide Screening in Hospitals Can Be Successfully Implemented

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Parkland Health & Hospital System in Dallas implemented a quality improvement program to help identify patients with such undetected risk through a universal suicide screening in the inpatient, outpatient and emergency care settings. How Parkland developed the program and its outcomes over six months is the focus of a new study in the January 2018 issue of The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety.

01/04/2018

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