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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

Primary Care Medical Home

The Joint Commission Selected by Covered California to Improve Access and Coordination of Primary Care Services

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(OAKBROOK TERRACE, Illinois – November 21, 2017) – Covered California, the nation’s largest state-based insurance exchange, has selected The Joint Commission as an approved accrediting body to fulfill a Primary Care Medical Home (PCMH) Certification incentive for its 11 contracted health insurance plans enrolling more than 2.5 million patients.

11/27/2017

Airway Rapid Response Team Contributes to Successful Airway Management

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The success of an airway rapid response (ARR) team is the focus of a new study in the December 2017 issue of The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety.

11/21/2017

Hospitals

The Joint Commission Selects Apervita to Enable Easier Electronic Quality Measure Submission for Hospitals

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The Joint Commission has selected Apervita, a leading health insights company, to enable thousands of accredited hospitals with ORYX® data reporting requirements to directly and more easily submit electronic clinical quality measure (eCQM) data in 2018, streamlining an annual process required for them to obtain and maintain accreditation.

11/15/2017

Home Care

New Study: Joint Commission Accreditation, Higher Public Quality Ratings Linked

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Joint Commission accredited home health agencies performed statistically higher than non-accredited agencies on federal quality of patient care star ratings and quality measures over a three-year period, according to a new study published by Home Health Care Management & Practice.

11/07/2017

Hospitals

The Joint Commission Reports Increased Electronic Clinical Quality Measure (eCQM) Adoption and Reporting from U.S. Hospitals

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An increased number of U.S. hospitals are adopting and reporting electronic clinical quality measures (eCQMs) to drive quality improvement, The Joint Commission reports in its 2017 annual report, America’s Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety, published today.

11/07/2017

Ambulatory Health Care, Hospitals, Critical Access Hospitals, Home Care

The Joint Commission Issues Updated Emergency Management Requirements for Hospital, Ambulatory, Home Health and Hospice Settings

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In response to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) final rule on emergency preparedness to ensure health care professionals and suppliers meet the needs of patients, residents, clients and communities during emergency events and throughout recovery, The Joint Commission is announcing updates to its emergency management requirements, effective November 15.

11/03/2017

Hospitals, Critical Access Hospitals, Behavioral Health Care

Panel Issues Suicide Prevention Recommendations

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Suicide is currently the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. Although the vast majority of suicides occur outside of health care facilities, many suicides occur every year in health care facilities, as well as in the time shortly after discharge—impacting psychiatric hospitals, psychiatric units within general hospitals, general medical/surgical wards, and emergency departments.

10/30/2017

Health Care Provider Perspectives on How to Improve Care Transitions Between Hospitals and Skilled Nursing Facilities

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Care transitions are often marked by disruptions in care and poor communication. A new study in the November issue of The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety examines hospital and SNF perspectives on patient care transitions.

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10/19/2017

Cancer Care Patients and Families Prioritize High-Quality Relationships and Communication

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A new study in the October issue of The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety suggests that cancer care patients and their family members prioritize high-quality relationships and communication over quality and safety concerns.

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09/21/2017

Ambulatory Health Care, Hospitals, Behavioral Health Care, Laboratory , Home Care, Disease-Specific Care, International Certification, Long Term Care (Medicare/Medicaid), Palliative Care, Primary Care Medical Home, Patient Blood Management Certification, Comprehensive Cardiac Center

The Joint Commission Issues New Sentinel Event Alert on Inadequate Hand-off Communication

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The Joint Commission has issued a new Sentinel Event Alert to provide hospitals and other health care settings with seven recommendations to improve communication failures that occur when patients are transitioned from one caregiver to another or from one team of caregivers to another.

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09/12/2017

Ambulatory Health Care, Hospitals, Critical Access Hospitals, Behavioral Health Care, Laboratory , Nursing Care Center, Office-Based Surgery, Home Care, Disease-Specific Care, Health Care Staffing Services, Bureau of Primary Health Care, Palliative Care, Integrated Care , Patient Blood Management Certification

Individuals and initiatives advancing patient safety & quality sought for John M. Eisenberg Award nomination

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The Joint Commission and the National Quality Forum (NQF) seek nominations for the 2017 John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Awards, recognizing individuals as well as local and national-level initiatives across the country that have advanced patient safety and health care quality.

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09/05/2017

Hospitals

The Joint Commission Issues R3 Report on New and Revised Pain Assessment and Management Standards

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To help hospitals better understand and comply with the new and revised pain standards, The Joint Commission has released a new R3 Report. The report provides in-depth rationale, references and evidence.

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08/30/2017

Hospitals

What Does a ‘High Performing’ Health Care Delivery System Mean?

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The concept of a “high-performing” health care delivery system has gained increasing interest from purchasers, payers and policymakers.

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08/24/2017

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

Few Outcome Measures Meet Criteria for Assessing Accuracy and Validity, According to Two Joint Commission Executives

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Federal public reporting and payment programs increasingly emphasize the measurement of outcomes such as readmission, healthcare-associated infections and mortality rates. Outcome measures are intended to quantify the end results of a health care service or intervention.

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08/15/2017

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

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