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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.

Related News: Pain Management, News Releases

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.

Related News: Certification, News Releases, Medication Compounding

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

Nursing Care Center

Joint Commission and CDC Study to Identify Strategies for Improving Nursing Home Infection Measurement

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The Joint Commission’s Department of Health Services Research is conducting a 12-month study of nursing home infection measurement supported through a research contract from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Antibiotic Resistance Solutions Initiative.

Related News: Nursing Care Center, News Releases

12/01/2016

The Joint Commission Appoints New Chief Information and Security Officer

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The Joint Commission is pleased to welcome Kin Y. Lee, MBA, MS, as its new chief information and security officer, effective immediately. Lee brings more than 20 years of extensive technology experience across a variety of industries, including the technology, manufacturing, human resources and financial sectors.

Related News: News Releases, Staff Biographies

11/28/2016

Hospitals, Critical Access Hospitals

The Joint Commission Launches Educational Campaign on C-Sections

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The Joint Commission launched the new Speak Up™: The ABCs of C-Sections campaign to help educate expectant mothers, their partners and caregivers, on cesarean, or C-section, births—a surgery that is sometimes needed due to medical problems that may endanger the mother or baby, or both. The campaign includes an animated video and infographic available for free download and use.

Related News: Safety, Speak Up, News Releases

11/17/2016

Hospitals, Critical Access Hospitals

Joint Commission Report Shows America’s Hospitals Continue to Improve Patient Care

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America’s hospitals continue to make strides towards improving patient safety and quality for common conditions for which people enter the hospital, according to The Joint Commission’s 2016 Annual Report: “America’s Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety.”

Related News: Annual Report, News Releases

11/07/2016

New Guide to Prevent Patient Falls and Falls With Injury in Hospitals

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The Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare and the Health Research & Educational Trust have released a guide to help hospitals prevent patient falls. The complimentary guide, Preventing patient falls: A systematic approach from The Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare,” describes the types of risks that lead to patient falls and falls with injury, the root causes for those risks, and the solutions designed to prevent them.

10/20/2016

Hospitals, Critical Access Hospitals, Nursing Care Center

Evidence and Rationale for Antimicrobial Stewardship Standard in New R3 Report

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A new “R3 Report” released today by The Joint Commission addresses the correct use of antimicrobial medications to help combat resistance. It focuses on The Joint Commission’s new antimicrobial stewardship standard for accredited critical access hospitals, hospitals, and nursing care centers. The R3 Report provides a more in-depth rationale and evidence for the new standard that goes into effect on January 1, 2017.

Related News: Critical Access Hospital, Hospital, Nursing Care Center, News Releases, R3 Report (Newsletter), Antimicrobial Stewardship

10/19/2016

Advanced Disease-Specific Care Certification , Disease-Specific Care

Ohio Specialty Surgical Suites Awarded First Advanced Certification for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement

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The Joint Commission announces Ohio Specialty Surgical Suites, LLC, North Canton, Ohio, is the first Ambulatory Surgical Center in the United States to achieve Joint Commission Advanced Certification for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement.

Related News: News Releases, Advanced Certification for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement

10/18/2016

Nursing Care Center

JAMDA Study: Joint Commission Nursing Home Accreditation Predicts Quality

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Joint Commission accreditation is a significant predictor of nursing home quality, according to a new study published online September 2, 2016, in “JAMDA the official journal of AMDA - The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine.”

Related News: Nursing Care Center, News Releases

10/11/2016

Hospitals

The Joint Commission Launches Online Resource Center to Prevent Workplace Violence in Health Care

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The Joint Commission Launches Online Resource Center to Prevent Workplace Violence in Health Care

Related News: News Releases, Workplace Violence Prevention

10/04/2016

Home Care

The Joint Commission Presents 2016 Enterprise Champion for Quality Award to BrightStar Care®

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The Joint Commission presented the 2016 Enterprise Champion for Quality Award to BrightStar Care®, recognizing the national home health care franchisor for its efforts to promote the delivery of high quality, in-home care to its franchisees through Joint Commission accreditation.

Related News: Home Care, Patient Safety, Quality

09/29/2016

Elsevier Selected to Publish The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety

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Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, and Joint Commission Resources, Inc. (JCR), a nonprofit affiliate of The Joint Commission, today announced that Elsevier will be the new publisher of The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety (JQPS), effective January 1, 2017.

Related News: Patient Safety, News Releases

09/29/2016

Anne Marie Benedicto Appointed Vice President of Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare

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The Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare announces the appointment of Anne Marie Benedicto, MPP, MPH, as its new vice president, effective today.

09/26/2016

Nursing Care Center

The Joint Commission and Relias Learning Debut Online Learning Programs for Quality-Focused Nursing Homes

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The Joint Commission and Relias Learning unveiled a set of eight online learning programs for quality-focused nursing homes. The programs provide a convenient way to help organizations learn the step-by-step details of Joint Commission requirements related to Nursing Care Center Accreditation, Post-Acute Care Certification and Memory Care Certification.

Related News: Nursing Care Center, News Releases

09/22/2016

Hospitals

2016 John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Nominations Sought

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The Joint Commission and the National Quality Forum (NQF) invite nominations through Oct. 31 for the 2016 John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Awards.

Related News: Eisenberg Award, News Releases

09/20/2016

Hospitals

Health Care Leaders Meet, Address Health Care Disparity

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An inaugural Health Equity Forum was convened today by The Joint Commission and American Hospital Association. The forum brought together more than 50 key health care leaders from across the country to raise awareness, collaboratively develop a common set of aims and use quality improvement tools to address and reduce health and health care disparity.

Related News: News Releases, Health Equity

09/16/2016

Integrated Care

Empire and Joint Commission Align Quality Recognition Criteria for Coordinated Care

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The Joint Commission announced today that Empire BlueCross BlueShield now recognizes The Joint Commission’s Integrated Care Certification (ICC) as a means to meet its Care Coordination measure for plans’ Quality-In-Sights®: Hospital Incentive Program (Q-HIP®) requirements.

Related News: News Releases, Integrated Care Certification

08/25/2016

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