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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.

Related News: Hospital, News Releases

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

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.

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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)

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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02/23/2017

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