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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

The Joint Commission Launches Online Resource Center to Prevent Workplace Violence in Health Care

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The Joint Commission Launches Online Resource Center to Prevent Workplace Violence in Health Care

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10/04/2016

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

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

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

Related News: News Releases, Patients

01/27/2016

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

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.

Related News: Joint Commission Resources, News Releases, Publications

06/15/2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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, 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

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

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

Advanced Disease-Specific Care Certification , Disease-Specific Care

Ohio Specialty Surgical Suites Awarded First Advanced Certification for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement

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The Joint Commission announces Ohio Specialty Surgical Suites, LLC, North Canton, Ohio, is the first Ambulatory Surgical Center in the United States to achieve Joint Commission Advanced Certification for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement.

Related News: News Releases, Advanced Certification for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement

10/18/2016

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

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, 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

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

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

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