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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

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

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