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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

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

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

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, 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Health Care Leaders Meet, Address Health Care Disparity

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An inaugural Health Equity Forum was convened today by The Joint Commission and American Hospital Association. The forum brought together more than 50 key health care leaders from across the country to raise awareness, collaboratively develop a common set of aims and use quality improvement tools to address and reduce health and health care disparity.

Related News: News Releases, Health Equity

09/16/2016

Behavioral Health Care

Evidence and Rationale for New Eating Disorders Standards in New R3 Report

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The Joint Commission released a new “R3 Report” today on the new eating disorders standards for Behavioral Health Care Accreditation. The standards were released in January 2016 for residential and outpatient eating disorders programs. The new report provides a more in-depth rationale and evidence for the standards beyond what is in the accreditation manual.

Related News: Eating Disorders, News Releases, R3 Report (Newsletter)

08/15/2016

Home Care, Palliative Care

The Joint Commission Awards First Community-Based Palliative Care Certification to MJHS

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The Joint Commission today announced MJHS, a nonprofit health system in New York, as the first health care organization in the nation to receive its new Community-Based Palliative Care (CBPC) Certification.

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08/18/2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

2016 John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Nominations Sought

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The Joint Commission and the National Quality Forum (NQF) invite nominations through Oct. 31 for the 2016 John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Awards.

Related News: Eisenberg Award, News Releases

09/20/2016

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