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Physician Leader Monthly February 2022


In this issue

  • Joint Commission Journal: The February issue details how a labor and delivery unit implemented two interventions to reduce the time and distance traveled to obtain materials necessary to treat postpartum hemorrhage.


CMS interim final rule on COVID-19 health care staff vaccination

On Jan. 27, 2022, The Joint Commission began surveying to the “Omnibus COVID-19 Health Care Staff Vaccination” interim final rule published by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in the Nov. 5, 2021 Federal Register. Read more >>


New advanced certification program available for heart attack patient care

The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association have developed a new Comprehensive Heart Attack Center (CHAC) Certification Program that will be effective July 1, 2022. Read more >>


Joint Commission, Alzheimer's Association collaborate in dementia care

The Joint Commission and the Alzheimer’s Association are joining forces to help improve quality and safety in dementia care in nursing, skilled nursing, and assisted living facilities. Read more >>


Standards Bonanza

Many new and revised standards become effective July 1, 2022, including:

  • Revisions Resulting from the Hospital Deeming Application
  • Revisions to the Environment of Care Chapter that cover National Fire Protection Association issues, storage tanks, and harm reports involving medical equipment
  • Revisions to Rights and Responsibilities of the Individual Standards that address informed consent and audiovisual information
  • New and Revised Emergency Management Standards
  • Updates to the Nursing Care Center and Memory Care Certification requirements that include some lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic

See prepublication standards >>

Also see the Clarification on Ventricular Assist Device program requirements.


Newly released

Quick Safety addresses intimate partner violence

During the COVID-19 pandemic, health care providers have reported an increase in intimate partner violence (IPV). Read more >>

Also see the New Accelerate PI Dashboard Reports for hospitals, critical access hospitals.


New outcome-based eCQM measure to address severe obstetric complications in inpatient acute care settings

Developed by The Joint Commission in collaboration with Yale New Haven Health Services Corporation Center for Outcomes Research & Evaluation and under contract with the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Read more >>

Also see updated performance measure requirements that are effective July 1, 2022, for:


Blogs for docs

Lessons Learned from Restricted Visitation by Dr. Tejal Gandhi, MD, Chief Safety and Transformation Officer, Press Ganey

Disparities after Discharge

What to Expect When You’re Expecting a Joint Commission Lab Survey

Best of AmBuzz in 2021


In the media

Don’t Overlook Infection Control in Community Clinics | Gastroenterology & Endoscopy News

What Drives Black Maternal Health Inequities in the U.S. | American Medical Association

State emergency departments, including Sturdy, acting as boarding locations for behavioral health patients waiting for placements | The Sun Chronicle

Surgical Smoke Evacuator Maintenance is Important | OR Today


Multimedia feature

On-demand webinar on annual updates to Joint Commission-only ePC measures

The webinar addresses the electronic clinical quality measures ePC-01, ePC-02 and ePC-06 in preparation for implementation in the 2022 eCQM reporting period.

Register >>