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Universal Suicide Screening in Hospitals Can Be Successfully Implemented

Thursday January 4, 2018
Universal Suicide Screening in Hospitals Can Be Successfully Implemented

Parkland Health & Hospital System in Dallas implemented a quality improvement program to help identify patients with such undetected risk through a universal suicide screening in the inpatient, outpatient and emergency care settings. How Parkland developed the program and its outcomes over six months is the focus of a new study in the January 2018 issue of The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety. Learn More
 

The Joint Commission Reports Increased Electronic Clinical Quality Measure (eCQM) Adoption and Reporting from U.S. Hospitals

Tuesday November 7, 2017
The Joint Commission Reports Increased Electronic Clinical Quality Measure (eCQM) Adoption and Reporting from U.S. Hospitals

An increased number of U.S. hospitals are adopting and reporting electronic clinical quality measures (eCQMs) to drive quality improvement, The Joint Commission reports in its 2017 annual report, America’s Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety, published today. Learn More
 

The Joint Commission Issues Updated Emergency Management Requirements for Hospital, Ambulatory, Home Health and Hospice Settings

Friday November 3, 2017
The Joint Commission Issues Updated Emergency Management Requirements for Hospital, Ambulatory, Home Health and Hospice Settings

In response to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) final rule on emergency preparedness to ensure health care professionals and suppliers meet the needs of patients, residents, clients and communities during emergency events and throughout recovery, The Joint Commission is announcing updates to its emergency management requirements, effective November 15. Learn More
 

Cancer Care Patients and Families Prioritize High-Quality Relationships and Communication

Thursday September 21, 2017
Cancer Care Patients and Families Prioritize High-Quality Relationships and Communication

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. Learn More
 

The Joint Commission Issues New Sentinel Event Alert on Inadequate Hand-off Communication

Tuesday September 12, 2017

SEA_58_HOC_Infographic_8_Tips_FINAL_(3)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. Learn More

The Joint Commission Issues R3 Report on New and Revised Pain Assessment and Management Standards

Wednesday August 30, 2017
The Joint Commission Issues R3 Report on New and Revised Pain Assessment and Management Standards

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. Learn More
 

What Does a ‘High Performing’ Health Care Delivery System Mean?

iStock-518900268In a new study published in the September issue of The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety, researchers reviewed literature over 10 years and found no consensus on what defines a high-performing health care delivery system or health care organization.

A new Annals of Internal Medicine article

baker_david_(1)chassin-original-size-10-11Holding Providers Accountable for Health Care Outcomes,” by two Joint Commission executives suggests a national critical look is needed on how to assess the validity of outcome measures used by public accountability programs. Read more.

Clinical Decision Support and Other Interventions Decrease Blood Transfusions

Friday July 21, 2017
Clinical Decision Support and Other Interventions Decrease Blood Transfusions

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." Learn More
 

Journal Features National Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Awardees - Eisenberg Award Recipients’ Achievements Detailed in July 2017 Issue

Thursday June 22, 2017
Journal Features National Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Awardees - Eisenberg Award Recipients’ Achievements Detailed in July 2017 Issue

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. Learn More
 

New Compendium of Resources for Venous Thromboembolism Patient Education and Discharge Materials

Thursday June 15, 2017
New Compendium of Resources for Venous Thromboembolism Patient Education and Discharge Materials

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. Learn More
 

Lean Methodology Improves Throughput and Safety in Behavioral Health Care

Thursday May 18, 2017
Lean Methodology Improves Throughput and Safety in Behavioral Health Care

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. Learn More
 
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