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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.

Related News: News Releases, Medication Compounding

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)

Related News: Eisenberg Award, News Releases

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).

Related News: News Releases, Patient Blood Management Certification

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.

Related News: Behavioral Health Care, News Releases

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.

Related News: Laboratory Accreditation

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.

Related News: Safety Culture, News Releases

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.

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.

Related News: News Releases

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.

Related News: News Releases, Comprehensive Cardiac Center Certification

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

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