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Physician Leader Monthly November 2021

Joint Commission news for physician leaders | November 2021

Joint Commission utilizing hybrid survey approach for document review

The Joint Commission now utilizes a hybrid survey approach with a document review surveyor. Approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services during the public health emergency, this approach is currently used during deemed hospital reaccreditation surveys meeting eligibility criteria — primary of which is a fully electronic health record.

In other news … 

Recipient of inaugural Tyson Award is UMass Memorial Health
The Bernard J. Tyson National Award for Excellence in Pursuit of Healthcare Equity honors the late Kaiser Permanente chairman and CEO’s memory by recognizing extraordinary efforts made by health care organizations to improve health care disparities, with the goal of inspiring other health care organizations to take action against inequity.

Joint Commission, Center for Transforming Healthcare receive IMEC Silver Award
The Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center (IMEC) Silver Award for Excellence is the second-highest level of recognition awarded by IMEC. It is presented to organizations that demonstrate effective, systematic well deployed approaches that are aligned with organizational needs – leading to sound and notable continuous improvement toward excellence.

New patient safety campaign: Speak Up Against Discrimination in health care

ASCP, Joint Commission collaborate to launch Leading Laboratories Recognition Program


Reuniting Families After a Disaster: Recent unforeseen disasters, including the tragic collapse of a 13-story condo building in Surfside, Miami, and Hurricane Irma, underscore the importance of having a family reunification plan. 


Sentinel Event Alert: The latest Alert helps guide health care organizations to position disparities as a central part of performance and patient safety improvement.   

Journal: The November issue highlights a study about decreasing 30-day hospital revisits in patients with COVID-19.   

Quick Safety: The present-day, always-online health care environment requires an all-hands approach to cybersecurity. 
R3 Report: Covers the new water management standard that goes into effect Jan. 1, 2022. 

New Heads-Up Reports now available: Find the new HURs on your organization's Joint Commission Connect® extranet site under “Resources and Tools."


MDs Doing Wrong-Site Surgery: Why Is It Still Happening? | Medscape

More media …

Remove the Stigma of Sentinel Event Reporting | ASC Focus

Even Leaders Need to Learn | Medscape

The Joint Commission’s CMO Dr. Ana Pujols McKee on Health Equity | The Scope Podcast (21:34)

Don’t Gift Surveyors the ‘Low-Hanging Fruit’ of Hazardous Holiday Decorations | Patient Safety and Quality Healthcare

3 Physician Strategies to Improve Performance in 2022 | Becker’s Hospital Review


New podcast: Racial biases in safety reporting, maternal health 
This episode highlights a recent study focusing on racial biases in patient safety reporting and strategies organizations can take to try and improve their reporting processes. Learn more from Angela D. Thomas, DrPH, MPH, MBA, Vice President of Healthcare Delivery Research at MedStar Health. [8:02]