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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

Home Care, Palliative Care

The Joint Commission Awards First Community-Based Palliative Care Certification to MJHS

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The Joint Commission today announced MJHS, a nonprofit health system in New York, as the first health care organization in the nation to receive its new Community-Based Palliative Care (CBPC) Certification.

Related News: News Releases, Community-Based Palliative Care

08/18/2016

Behavioral Health Care

Evidence and Rationale for New Eating Disorders Standards in New R3 Report

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The Joint Commission released a new “R3 Report” today on the new eating disorders standards for Behavioral Health Care Accreditation. The standards were released in January 2016 for residential and outpatient eating disorders programs. The new report provides a more in-depth rationale and evidence for the standards beyond what is in the accreditation manual.

Related News: Eating Disorders, News Releases, R3 Report (Newsletter)

08/15/2016

Michael Kaba Named Joint Commission Chief Human Resources Officer

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The Joint Commission announced today the appointment of Michael W. Kaba, MBA, MS, to the position of chief human resources officer for The Joint Commission enterprise. Kaba joined The Joint Commission on June 29.

Related News: News Releases, Human Resources

07/11/2016

Hospitals

Joint Commission and CMS Adopt 2012 NFPA 101 Life Safety Code

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The Joint Commission will begin surveying to the 2012 version of the National Fire Protection Association’s 101 Life Safety (LS) Code as of July 5, following the lead of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

Related News: Hospital, News Releases, Life Safety Code

06/07/2016

Laboratory

The Joint Commission Receives Deeming Authority for California Clinical Laboratories

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The Joint Commission today announced it has received deeming authority for California clinical laboratories from the California Department of Public Health’s Laboratory Field Services (LFS).

Related News: Laboratory Accreditation Program, News Releases

06/03/2016

Nursing Care Center

Joint Commission Nursing Care Center Accreditation Celebrates 50th Anniversary

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The Joint Commission is commemorating the 50th anniversary of its Nursing Care Center Accreditation Program.

Related News: Nursing Care Center, Long Term Care Accreditation, Nursing Home, Accreditation

05/24/2016

Pioneers in Quality™ Program Announces 13 Advisory Panel Members

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The Joint Commission announces the Pioneers in Quality Advisory Panel, a group of technical experts who will be providing insight and guidance in order to maximize support offered to accredited hospitals in this time of performance measurement transition.

Related News: News Releases, Top Performer, Pioneers in Quality

05/09/2016

Joint Commission Announces Educational Campaign on Importance of Dual Identifiers

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The Joint Commission launched its Speak Up™: Right ID, Right Care campaign to help educate the public on the importance of multiple identifiers in the health care environment. The campaign includes an infographic, animated video and podcast available for free download.

Related News: Speak Up, News Releases

05/06/2016

Behavioral Health Care

The Joint Commission Implements New Behavioral Health Care Standards to Address Eating Disorders

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The Joint Commission is implementing new behavioral health care standards, effective July 1, 2016, to better address the care, treatment or services of eating disorders programs. The new standards impact Joint Commission-accredited behavioral health care organizations providing outpatient or residential eating disorders programs.

Related News: Behavioral Health Care, Eating Disorders, News Releases

04/28/2016

Advanced Disease-Specific Care Certification

Thomas Jefferson University Hospital Awarded First Advanced Certification for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement

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The Joint Commission announces Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia, is the first hospital in the United States to achieve Joint Commission Advanced Certification for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement.

Related News: Disease-Specific Care, Hip Replacement, Knee Replacement, News Releases

04/27/2016

John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Award Recipients Announced

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The Joint Commission and the National Quality Forum (NQF) today announced the 2015 recipients of the annual John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Awards. The awards were presented at NQF's Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.

Related News: Eisenberg Award, News Releases

04/07/2016

Home Care, Palliative Care

The Joint Commission Launches Community-Based Palliative Care Certification

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The Joint Commission is launching the industry’s first certification for home health and hospices that provide palliative care services in the patient’s place of residence. Organizations can begin to apply for the voluntary Community-Based Palliative Care (CBPC) certification on May 1, 2016, with onsite surveys to start on July 1, 2016.

Related News: Home Care, News Releases, Hospice, Palliative Care, Community based palliative care

03/17/2016

Ambulatory Health Care

Joint Commission Accredits Largest Federal Provider of Occupational Health Services

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The Joint Commission announced today it has awarded Ambulatory Care Accreditation to Federal Occupational Health (FOH), the largest provider of occupational health services in the federal government.

Related News: Ambulatory Health Care, Patient Safety, News Releases

03/01/2016

Hospitals, Critical Access Hospitals, Behavioral Health Care

New Sentinel Event Alert on Preventing Suicide in Health Care Settings

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The Joint Commission today issued Sentinel Event Alert: Issue 56 on preventing suicide in health care settings.

Related News: Sentinel Event Alert, News Releases, Suicide

02/24/2016

Joint Commission Launches Innovative New Pioneers in Quality Program

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The Joint Commission announced today it is launching an innovative new program called Pioneers in Quality to provide education and support for hospitals as they strive to meet the growing requirements for electronic clinical quality measures (eCQMs).

Related News: News Releases, Pioneers in Quality

02/16/2016

Joint Commission Names Ronald Wyatt, MD, MHA, First Patient Safety Officer

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The Joint Commission today announced the appointment of Ronald M. Wyatt, MD, MHA, to the newly created position of patient safety officer, reflecting the organization’s commitment to promoting a safe and high-quality health care system with a goal of zero patient harm.

Related News: Patient Safety, News Releases

02/11/2016

Journal Highlights Successful Joint Commission Project to Reduce Employee Falls

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The 2015 issue of the International Journal of Six Sigma and Competitive Advantage includes an article about the results of a Joint Commission project that successfully reduced the average number of monthly falls of Joint Commission field staff by 64.8 percent and has sustained the results for four years.

Related News: Falls, News Releases, High Reliability, Robust Process Improvement

02/04/2016

Hospitals, Critical Access Hospitals

Patient Blood Management Certification Now Available

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Certification helps hospitals maximize benefits of a Patient Blood Management program

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01/27/2016

Ambulatory Health Care, Hospitals, Integrated Care

The Joint Commission Awards First Integrated Care Certification

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The Joint Commission’s Hospital Accreditation Program announced today that Parrish Medical Center, a public, not-for-profit facility in Titusville, Florida, is the first hospital in the United States to be awarded Integrated Care Certification.

Related News: Ambulatory Health Care, Hospital, News Releases, Integrated Care Certification

01/25/2016

Ambulatory Health Care, Hospitals, Critical Access Hospitals, Advanced Disease-Specific Care Certification

Joint Commission Offers New Advanced Certification for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement

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The Joint Commission is offering a new Advanced Certification for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement for Joint Commission-accredited hospitals, critical access hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers seeking to elevate the quality, consistency and safety of their services and patient care.

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01/20/2016

The Joint Commission and the Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare Appoint New Board Members

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The Joint Commission today announced the appointment of five new members to its Board of Commissioners and two new members to its Executive Committee. The Executive Committee also represents the Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare’s Board of Directors.

Related News: News Releases, Board of Commissioners

01/14/2016

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