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Physician Leader Monthly September 2022

In this issue:

  • Joint Commission Journal: A study in the September issue suggests that peer supporters of healthcare professionals may be at risk for emotional exhaustion due to their increased role and involvement during the COVID-19 pandemic.


The Joint Commission appoints Dr. Haytham Kaafarani as new chief patient safety officer and medical director

Haytham Kaafarani, MD, MPH, FACS, is The Joint Commission’s new chief patient safety officer and medical director, as of Sept. 6, 2022. In this leadership role, Dr. Kaafarani will oversee patient safety and quality improvement initiatives, and will serve as the president’s designee to prioritize patient safety concerns at Joint Commission-accredited healthcare organizations. He also will provide oversight and medical expertise for the Office of Quality and Patient Safety, as well as oversee data management and analysis related to The Joint Commission’s Sentinel Event Database. Learn more >>

In other news

New Speak Up™ campaign aims to help patients better understand telehealth visits 


Newly released

ISMP issues new guidelines on safe medication use in perioperative, procedural settings

ISMP has published the “ISMP Guidelines for Safe Medication Use in Perioperative and Procedural Settings.” “The referenced guidelines published by ISMP address two of the highest risk areas we face in healthcare being surgical procedures and medication administration,” said Robert Campbell, PharmD, BCSCP, Director, Standards Interpretation Group, Director, Medication Management, The Joint Commission. “Organizations are encouraged to review these guidelines and determine what recommendations are appropriate for their setting. While each of these guidelines may not be required by Joint Commission standards, these guidelines are based on errors publicly reported and expert consensus.” Learn more >>

New edition of best-selling book on improvement concepts for clinicians, students

New book from JCR: “Infection Prevention and Control in Nonacute Care Settings”

New updates to all six PolicySource modules to reflect July 1 standards changes

New Accelerate PI Dashboard Reports available for IRF, IPF and LTCH


Blogs for docs

The Anti-Burnout Mentality: The Power of Positively Reframing Thoughts: Professional coaching is an evidence-based resource proven to reduce burnout and improve well-being for physicians. Evidence shows a significant financial return on investment and improved patient safety outcomes for organizations with reduced rates of burnout, writes Laura Suttin, MD, MBA, MCPDC, Founder, Purposeful MD.

Diagnostic Overshadowing Worsens Health Disparities


In the media

Jonathan B. Perlin, MD, PhD, President and CEO, The Joint Commission | Journal of Healthcare Management

The Joint Commission to Add Health Equity Standards to Accreditations | Modern Healthcare

Is That Instrument Safe to Use on a Patient? | OR Today

Joint Commission Surveys in the Time of COVID-19 | Hospital Infection Control & Prevention

How Are Hospitals Helping Patients at Risk of Suicide? | Pew Charitable Trusts 


Multimedia features

Hospitals in Focus podcast features Dr. Perlin

In this episode, Dr. Jonathan Perlin, MD, PhD, MSHA, MACP, FACMI, president and CEO of The Joint Commission talks about his vision for the future of The Joint Commission and the ways the organization can confront issues like social determinants of health and providers’ impact on climate change. Listen >>