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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.

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01/14/2016

Home Care

The Joint Commission Presents 2015 Enterprise Champion for Quality Award to BrightStar Care®

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The Joint Commission is proud to present the 2015 Enterprise Champion for Quality award to BrightStar Care, recognizing the national private duty home care and medical staffing franchise for its efforts to promote the delivery of high-quality care to its franchisees through Joint Commission accreditation.

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12/14/2015

Hospitals

AABB and The Joint Commission to Partner on Patient Blood Management Certification

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AABB and The Joint Commission are proud to announce a collaborative partnership to provide a joint hospital certification program for patient blood management. This voluntary certification, which will be available in early 2016, is based on the AABB Standards for a Patient Blood Management Program and will help hospitals realize the maximum benefits of establishing a comprehensive patient blood management program.

Related News: Hospital, News Releases

12/07/2015

Ambulatory Health Care, Hospitals, Critical Access Hospitals, Behavioral Health Care, Laboratory , Nursing Care Center, Office-Based Surgery, Home Care, Advanced Disease-Specific Care Certification , Disease-Specific Care, Health Care Staffing Services, Bureau of Primary Health Care, Long Term Care (Medicare/Medicaid), Palliative Care, Primary Care Medical Home, Integrated Care , Perinatal Care

The Joint Commission Launches Campaign to Reduce Readmissions

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The Joint Commission has developed two new resources to help health care providers in their efforts to reduce patient readmissions and improve the discharge process. The resources are a new Speak Up campaign for providers and organizations to educate patients, including an infographic, animated video and podcast; and a Quick Safety newsletter for health care professionals that includes suggested actions for improving transitions.

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12/02/2015

Hospitals, Critical Access Hospitals

Joint Commission Recognizes 1,043 Hospitals for Outstanding Performance on Key Quality Measures

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The Joint Commission announces the release today of America’s Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety: The Joint Commission’s Annual Report 2015, summarizing data on 49 accountability measures reported by more than 3,300 Joint Commission-accredited hospitals in 2014.

Related News: Annual Report, News Releases, Top Performer

11/17/2015

Ambulatory Health Care

Joint Commission Commemorates 40 Years of Ambulatory Health Care Accreditation

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The Joint Commission is proud to recognize the 40th anniversary of its Ambulatory Care accreditation program. The program has grown since 1975 to accredit 2,100 ambulatory care organizations across the United States, supporting 8,100 sites of care handling more than 83 million patient visits each year.

Related News: Ambulatory Health Care Accreditation, News Releases

11/10/2015

New Sentinel Event Alert Focuses on Preventing Patient Falls

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Preventing patient falls and fall-related injuries is the focus of a new Sentinel Event Alert.

Related News: Falls, Sentinel Event Alert, News Releases

09/28/2015

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