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Editors' Exclusives January 2023

In this issue:

  • Joint Commission Journal: A study in the January issue evaluated the feasibility and fidelity of implementing the Co-Worker Observation System (CORS), a tool and process  to address disrespectful behavior through feedback from trained peer messengers, for staff nurses. 
  • See our latest news releases.


Joint Commission revises licensed practitioner evaluation timeframes

Effective immediately, The Joint Commission revised its requirements regarding the timeframe to evaluate a licensed practitioner’s ability to provide care, treatment, and services from two years to three years, unless law and regulation require a shorter period. Read more >>

Safety briefing part of survey process starting in January 2023

Check out updates to 2023 ORYX performance measure reporting requirements

Joint Commission eliminates licensed independent practitioner term

New FAQs on COVID-19 guidance for wearing masks in healthcare settings

New publications

New Case Example on severe maternal disparity 
The latest Case Example features the story of a 26-year-old Black patient who experienced disparity in care that resulted in the death of the patient’s fetus. Black pregnant patients are approximately three times more likely to die from a pregnancy-related cause than their white counterparts. Safety strategies are highlighted on Page 2. Case Examples are based on a composite of a number of real sentinel events reported to The Joint Commission. 

Download the Case Example >>

Best of the blogs

Providing Palliative Care to Patients Throughout the State of Indiana from a Centralized Virtual Palliative Care Hub
As the population ages and cutting-edge care allows more patients to live with life-limiting illnesses, the need for palliative medicine continues to grow. However, specialized palliative care clinicians are a limited resource in the United States and in the state of Indiana with long appointment wait times. Read more >>

Mitigating Biases During Patient Safety Investigations

Safe Antibiotic Use: A Patient Safety Priority
The Joint Commission’s New Health Care Equity Resource Center Provides Support for Ambulatory Organizations 

Impact of Code Team Composition and Time of Day on Hospital Cardiac Arrests

Trending on social

Dec. 13, 2022: The Joint Commission is pleased to participate in the National Burden Reduction Collaborative. The collaborative recently spent two days sharing ongoing research, knowledge and initiatives around documentation burden and clinician burnout reduction to understand organizational priorities and align efforts. Learn more about the NBRC and its participants at  

Dec. 5, 2022: Joint Commission President and CEO Dr. Jonathan B. Perlin is recognized as one of Modern Healthcare’s 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare. This prestigious recognition program honors notable individuals for their significant contributions to healthcare. Congratulations to Dr. Perlin! #MH100Most

Media wrap-up

Data and Healthcare Transformation: Accelerating Towards Better Health, MDClone

Healthcare Groups Join White House Climate Pledge, Modern Healthcare

What You Need to Know About The Joint Commission’s Updates, Health Facilities Management

Tracer Methodology: An Important Infection Control Tool for Identifying Risk, Healthcare Hygiene Magazine

Why Alarm Fatigue is Dangerous for Nurses and Patients, Atlanta Journal-Constitution 

New York, Texas hospitals’ equity initiatives earn recognition, Becker’s Hospital Review

Multimedia features

New Speak Up™ campaign aims to help patients better understand vaccines
The Joint Commission’s new Speak Up™ About Vaccinations patient safety campaign is designed to educate patients on vaccinations and when and for what they may be needed. Getting vaccinated is a personal health decision. Like all important decisions, patients should get the best information they can to make an informed choice. Read more >>