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Physician Leader Monthly March 2022

In this issue:

  • Joint Commission Journal: The March issue details how the University of California, San Francisco used participatory design to engage physicians in the development of a performance dashboard and feedback system.


Joint Commission celebrates Patient Safety Awareness Week March 13-19

Patient Safety Awareness Week, which started 20 years ago, is scheduled for March 13-19. It aims to advance critical conversations both nationally and around the world. The Joint Commission has embraced PSAW as a period of inspiration for those committed to the mission of the safest and most reliable care. This year, however, we also are turning the lens from care to the caregivers at the very front lines.

The events of the past two years have brought sharp focus to the need to advance from the “Triple Aim” of healthcare (health, care, and cost) to the “Quadruple Aim” which adds improving the “health and well-being of care providers.” 

The logic for caregiver well-being as critical to patient safety is incontrovertible: without our own health, we cannot bring the necessary focus to supporting the health of others. Some truths do not require a randomized, controlled trial. We need only ask ourselves, are our best decisions made under duress? Are we most compassionate when we are exhausted?

As we enter PSAW, we want to share some resources that provide succinct insights to some of the major challenges caregivers face, either personally or in the context of their daily work. So, here’s the agenda for the week:

On, Monday, March 14, we begin the week by directly addressing the importance of the workforce’s well-being. On Tuesday, March 15, we will focus on health care equity. We also plan to bring awareness to workplace violence on Wednesday, March 16. Then, on Thursday, March 17, we will highlight the importance of maternal health. Closing out the week, on Friday, March 18, we will address the essential relationship between mental health and quality health care. 

For more information, see our statement about PSAW.


New Quick Safety on ensuring critical instruments, devices are appropriate for reuse

Surgical instruments and other critical devices – those that enter sterile tissues – are reprocessed and reused every day in hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, and other health care facilities. Ensuring that those instruments and devices are in good condition and can be cleaned and sterilized following validated manufacturer’s instructions is critical to patient safety. Read more >>


Additional requirements, expanded review process for PSCs

Starting July 1, 2022, The Joint Commission will add requirements and expand to a two-day review process for Primary Stroke Centers (PSCs) that provide mechanical thrombectomy (MT) treatment and are seeking advanced certification or recertification. PSCs that perform MT also will be required to submit additional performance measures related to the provision of MTs. Read more >>


Effective immediately: Revisions to requirements for hospices to align with CMS final rule

Three revised elements of performance (EPs) are effective immediately for hospices that elect The Joint Commission’s deemed status option. The changes align with the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services regulations for hospices published in the Federal Register on Aug. 4, 2021. Two EP changes also will apply to home health organizations that use Joint Commission accreditation for deemed status purposes. Read more >>


Statement on Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Act

The Joint Commission issued a statement regarding Congress passing the Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Act, a bipartisan bill aimed at reducing and preventing suicide, burnout, and mental and behavioral health conditions among health care providers. Read statement >>


Newly released

McKee pens chapter of new book about stories from women physician leaders

“Lessons Learned: Stories from Women Physician Leaders” is a new book from the American Association for Physician Leadership that profiles 33 women physicians, including Dr. Ana Pujols-McKee, EVP, CMO, and Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer, The Joint Commission. Dr. McKee authored Chapter 31 of the book, titled, “You Are Worthy of Your Dreams.” Purchase the book >>


Blogs for docs

Harnessing Event Report Data to Identify Diagnostic Error During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Diagnostic error is a safety issue affecting 12 million outpatient adults and 0.7% of adult hospital admissions in the United States each year. But how is diagnostic error affected by a global pandemic.

New Pharmacy Advisory Council Members Appointed: The Joint Commission is pleased to introduce the new members of the Pharmacy Advisory Council.


In the media

To encourage physicians’ healing, make it OK to ask for help | American Medical Association 

Handoffs Shown to Improve Patient Safety | AHC Media

Two Emergency Preparedness Tactics for Healthcare Facilities | Healthcare Facilities Today

Joint Commission Now Requires WPV Prevention | Capital Beat