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Patient Blood Management Certification

Clinical Decision Support and Other Interventions Decrease Blood Transfusions

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A study from the August issue of The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety holds promise to "change the culture of transfusion for the better by reducing unnecessary use of red blood cells and conserving resources."

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07/21/2017

Comprehensive Cardiac Center

University of Kansas Health System First to Achieve Comprehensive Cardiac Center Certification

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To achieve the certification, a hospital must demonstrate a combination of compliance with consensus-based standards, evidence-based clinical practice guidelines for cardiac care, and performance measurement and improvement requirements. CCC-certified hospitals must also achieve and/or maintain required Joint Commission Disease-Specific Care requirements, as well as additional CCC Certification-specific requirements.

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07/19/2017

Journal Features National Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Awardees - Eisenberg Award Recipients’ Achievements Detailed in July 2017 Issue

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Patient safety and quality improvement efforts prevent errors in health care and save lives. To recognize such efforts, The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety features the recipients of the John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Awards, presented annually by the National Quality Forum (NQF) and The Joint Commission, in three open access articles from its July 2017 issue.

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06/22/2017

Hospitals, Critical Access Hospitals

New Compendium of Resources for Venous Thromboembolism Patient Education and Discharge Materials

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Patients discharged with venous thromboembolism (VTE) need to receive comprehensive discharge instructions to manage their condition and its treatment in a way that is both safe and effective. To provide guidance to clinicians and other health educators looking for reliable and up-to-date patient education materials, The Joint Commission’s Department of Health Services Research has developed a new Compendium of Resources.

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06/15/2017

Hospitals

Four Joint Commission/Joint Commission Resources Books Named Doody’s Core Titles for 2017

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Four books published by The Joint Commission and Joint Commission Resources, Inc. (JCR) have been named as Doody’s Core Titles in Health Sciences for 2017. The annual Doody’s Core Titles list recognizes the best titles published within a variety of medical specialties.

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06/09/2017

Hospitals

Statement on Proposed CMS Rule Regarding Private Accreditation Reports

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The Joint Commission’s public comment on a proposal that would require survey reports to be available on accreditors’ public websites.

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06/01/2017

Behavioral Health Care

Lean Methodology Improves Throughput and Safety in Behavioral Health Care

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A new study from the June 2017 issue of The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety describes how Lean principles were applied to improve clinical operations at the Crisis Response Center, a behavioral health facility specializing in emergency psychiatric care, in Tucson, Arizona.

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05/18/2017

Simulation Training Helps Parents of Children with Cancer Improve Central-Line Care in Home

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Infections from a central line in children with cancer can be life-threatening. Today, with most cancer care taking place in the home, it is critical for parents to learn to care for central lines and prevent central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs).

04/20/2017

Palliative Care

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Ohio, Joint Commission Align Quality Recognition Criteria for Antibiotic Stewardship, Palliative Care Programs

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The Joint Commission, the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care, announced today that Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Ohio (Anthem) now recognizes two new Joint Commission programs as eligible for incentives from the health plan’s Quality-In-Sights®: Hospital Incentive Program (Q-HIP®).

04/19/2017

Hospitals, Home Care

Michigan Hospital and Home Care Organization First to Receive Joint Commission Medication Compounding Certification

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Supporting efforts to ensure patients receive safe and high quality compounded medications, Genesys Regional Medical Center, Grand Blanc, Michigan, has become the first hospital—and Home I.V. Care, Inc., Madison Heights, Michigan, has become the first home care organization—to receive Medication Compounding Certification from The Joint Commission.

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04/10/2017

John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Award Recipients Announced

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A U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) deputy under secretary, a Boston-based patient safety research group and a Delaware health system have been named recipients of the 2016 John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Awards, presented annually by The Joint Commission and the National Quality Forum (NQF)

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04/04/2017

Advanced Disease-Specific Care Certification , Patient Blood Management Certification

First Patient Blood Management Certification in U.S. goes to D.C. Hospital

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MedStar-Georgetown University Hospital in Washington D.C. is the nation’s first hospital to receive a Patient Blood Management Certification by The Joint Commission and AABB (formerly known as the American Association of Blood Banks).

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03/22/2017

Hospitals

Automated Harm Trigger System Enables Real-Time Identification of Patients at Risk

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A study in the April 2017 issue of The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety details how the Adventist Health System Patient Safety Organization, Altamonte Springs, Florida, developed an automated all-cause harm trigger system to enable the identification of current patients who may have experienced harm or may be at risk for harm.

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03/16/2017

Behavioral Health Care

R3 Report on New Housing Support Services Standards for Behavioral Health Care

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To help improve the quality and safety of care for homeless populations, an “R3 Report” released today by The Joint Commission addresses new behavioral health care accreditation standards for housing support services programs. The report provides in-depth rationale and evidence for The Joint Commission’s standards.

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03/15/2017

Laboratory

The Joint Commission Appoints Executive Director of Laboratory Business Development

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The Joint Commission announces the appointment of Heather Hurley to the position of executive director of Laboratory Business Development.

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03/09/2017

Hospitals

New Sentinel Event Alert on Establishing and Improving Safety Culture in Health Care

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In health care, leadership’s failure to create an effective safety culture is a contributing factor to many types of adverse events such as wrong-site surgery and delays in treatment, according to a new Sentinel Event Alert issued by The Joint Commission.

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03/01/2017

Hospitals

History of Joint Commission Pain Standards, Lessons to Address Opioid Epidemic Detailed in JAMA ‘Viewpoint’

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The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) has published a Viewpoint editorial “The History of the Joint Commission’s Pain Standards: Lessons for Today’s Efforts to Address the Prescription Opioid Epidemic” by David W. Baker, MD, MPH, executive vice president, Division of Healthcare Quality Evaluation, The Joint Commission.

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02/27/2017

Hospitals, Behavioral Health Care, Advanced Disease-Specific Care Certification

The Joint Commission Appoints Two Executive Directors to Business Development and Marketing Division

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The Joint Commission announces the promotions of Patrick Phelan, MBA, to the position of executive director of Hospital Business Development, and Julia Finken, RN, BSN, MBA, CSSBB, CPHQ, to the position of executive director of Behavioral Health Care and Psychiatric Hospital Accreditation. Both of these positions report to Brian Enochs, JD, executive vice president of Business Development and Marketing.

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02/23/2017

Medication Compounding Certification

The Joint Commission Launches Medication Compounding Certification

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Across the United States, patient safety and quality events related to medication compounding have led many state legislatures and boards of pharmacy to enhance and strengthen regulations. To support health care organizations in complying with these requirements. The Joint Commission has developed a new Medication Compounding Certification program.

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02/21/2017

Quality Initiative Significantly Improves Outcomes for Children with Chronic Conditions

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By redesigning the way it cares for children with active chronic conditions, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center successfully improved outcomes for 50 percent of more than 27,000 pediatric patients, according to a new study published in the March 2017 issue of The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety.

Related News: News Releases, Pediatrics

02/16/2017

Hospital Decreases Cesarean Delivery Rate by 13 Percent Through Quality Improvement Initiative

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A new study published in the February 2017 issue of The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety describes a long-term, multi-strategy quality improvement initiative that substantially lowered the cesarean delivery rate at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston.

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01/27/2017

Hospitals

Free Online Courses for Hospital Leadership and Other Health Care Professionals to Improve Informed Consent Process

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Physician-patient communication and patient empowerment can help patients make more effective informed choices for their care. To improve the informed consent process, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) engaged The Joint Commission and Abt Associates to provide guidance through free online courses for hospital leadership and other health care professionals.

Related News: Hospital, News Releases

01/18/2017

Comprehensive Cardiac Center

The Joint Commission Launches Comprehensive Cardiac Center Certification

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To recognize hospitals that demonstrate excellence in cardiac care, The Joint Commission is now offering Comprehensive Cardiac Center (CCC) Certification, available as of January 1, 2017.

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01/10/2017

Hospitals, Critical Access Hospitals, Nursing Care Center

New Report on Rationale for New and Revised National Patient Safety Goals

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Catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs) are a common healthcare-associated infection. The Joint Commission today released a new R3 Report that provides the rationale and references behind its new National Patient Safety Goal (NPSG) on CAUTIs for nursing care centers, along with an updated goal for hospitals and critical access hospitals.

Related News: Critical Access Hospital, Hospital, Nursing Care Center

12/12/2016

The Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare Appoints New Engagement Director

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The Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare welcomes David Grazman, PhD, as its new engagement director, effective immediately.

12/05/2016

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