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Physician Leader Monthly May 2022

In this issue:

  • Joint Commission Journal: The May issue features a study that examined the association between clinician distress and the inappropriate use of antibiotic prescriptions for acute respiratory tract infections in adult outpatients.


Apply now! Bernard J. Tyson National Award for Excellence in Pursuit of Healthcare Equity

As part of their shared commitment to move the needle on healthcare disparities, The Joint Commission and Kaiser Permanente are now accepting applications for the second annual Bernard J. Tyson National Award for Excellence in Pursuit of Healthcare Equity. The application period extends through June 30. 


Effective July 1: New COVID-19 staff vaccination standard for deemed programs

The Joint Commission approved its new Infection Prevention and Control Standard in response to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ interim final rule regarding COVID-19 vaccinations for health care staff. The new standard takes effect July 1, 2022, for the following deemed programs: hospitals, critical access hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, home health agencies, home infusion therapy facilities, and hospices.

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2021 Eisenberg Award recipients announced

The Joint Commission and National Quality Forum announced the recipients of the 20th John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Awards. This year’s recipients made improvements in diagnostic safety and the safety of health information technology, addressed social determinants of health, and created advanced patient monitoring systems and alerts.

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Effective immediately: Revised requirements for home health agencies to align with CMS final rule

The Joint Commission revised seven requirements to align with the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ final rule that published in the Federal Register in November 2021. The requirements are effective immediately and apply to home health agencies that elect The Joint Commission’s deemed status option.

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Newly released

Joint Commission contributes to new guidance from SHEA on preventing CLABSIs

Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology has published new expert guidance highlighting practice recommendations for the prevention of central line-associated bloodstream infections at a time when hospitals urgently need to strengthen infection prevention programs.



Accelerate PI Dashboard Reports available for primary, comprehensive stroke certified organizations

Accelerate PI™ Dashboard Reports that contain data through the third quarter of 2021 are available for primary and comprehensive stroke centers.



NAM releases resource for healthcare worker well-being

The National Academy of Medicine’s Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience has issued a new free resource highlighting strategies and tools to decrease burnout among healthcare workers and improve clinician well-being.

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Blogs for docs

Virtual Education Effective for Patient Self-Testing for Warfarin Therapy: Dr. Erika Leemann Price writes about a study that compared a cohort of patients who received in-person International Normalized Ratio training for Patient Self-Testing pre-pandemic with a cohort who received the same training via virtual format through Acelis Connected Health Services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Promoting Patient Clinician Conversations to Reduce Cascades of Care


In the media

What Clinical Laboratories Should Do to Become Survey Ready | Medical Laboratory Observer

TJC: Titrated Medications a Common Challenge | Pharmacy Practices News

Water Management Plans for Healthcare | Facility Executive

New Certification System to Distinguish Best Heart Care Hospitals | Healthcare Purchasing News

Pursuing Health Equity for Black Women and Men | Diversity Plus Magazine


Multimedia features

Watch webinar recording on de-carbonization

The U.S. health care industry generates 8.5% of national greenhouse gas emissions and 25% of global health sector emissions, contributing to morbidity and mortality rates at the same magnitude as medical errors. In this webinar, “De-Carbonization: What Healthcare Can Do,” leaders from Providence, Ascension and Kaiser Permanente explore this critical issue.

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Radio Health Journal: McKee discusses systemic racism’s effect on low-quality healthcare

Radio Health Journal interviewed The Joint Commission’s Dr. Ana Pujols McKee, EVP, CMO, Chief Diversity Equity and Inclusion Officer, about how systemic racism plays a role in the undertreatment of people of color.

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