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Physician Leader Monthly September 2021

Update to performance measures for Advanced Certification in Spine Surgery program

Data collection for four new standardized performance measures of the Advanced Certification in Spine Surgery program began on July 1. The new measures for cervical and lumbar procedures address surgical site infection rates; new neurological deficits; unplanned return visit to the OR; and preoperative and postoperative patient reported outcomes. 

In other news… 

Blogs for Docs 

Only YOU Can Prevent ASC Fires: The awareness of the risk of fires in operating suites has increased drastically over the years. However, fires still occur much too often. Fires also occur regardless of where patients are treated – in ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs), hospitals or inpatient settings.

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News Releases 

Journal: An article in the September issue highlights a project to study the effects of a trainee pay-for-performance program and quality improvement education.

Quick Safety: This update of Quick Safety Issue 19 provides current information on and strategies to address ED boarding, as it continues to be a significant problem in health care. 

For sale – new risk assessment guide: Developed by Joint Commission Resources, prices start at $139. 

Media Wrap-up

Data Speaks Volumes: Advancing Your Quality Improvement Initiatives | Healthcare Executive Magazine

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Multimedia Features

Dr. McKee featured on Sound Practice podcast

A recent episode of the American Association for Physician Leadership’s SoundPractice podcast featured The Joint Commission’s Ana Pujols McKee, MD, Executive Vice President, CMO and Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer. Dr. McKee talks about racial disparities in health care and how to address them. She also discusses vaccine hesitancy and new initiatives and activities The Joint Commission is undertaking. [21:43] 

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