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Editors' Exclusives July 2022

In this issue:

  • Joint Commission Journal: The June/July issue includes a study that proposes Combined Proactive Risk Assessment as an innovative, approachable, scalable and generalizable technique for identifying vulnerable points in healthcare processes.
  • See our latest news releases.


Top 5 most challenging requirements for 2021

The Joint Commission collects data on organizations’ compliance with standards, National Patient Safety Goals, and Accreditation and Certification Participation Requirements to identify trends and focus education on challenging requirements.

See the Top 5 “not compliant” requirements >>


New Alert on diagnostic overshadowing among groups experiencing health disparities

A new issue of Sentinel Event Alert details diagnostic overshadowing — defined as the attribution of symptoms to an existing diagnosis rather than a potential co-morbid condition — and includes a patient’s experience told from that patient’s point of view.

Read the Alert >>


New Quick Safety on managing packaged sterile supplies and devices

A new Quick Safety provides guidance for managing and storing packaged sterile supplies within a facility — with the goal of keeping patients safe from infection and other potential harm caused by expired or compromised supplies and devices.

Read the Quick Safety >>


New R3 Report on requirements to reduce healthcare disparities

Effective Jan. 1, 2023, new and revised requirements to reduce healthcare disparities will apply to Joint Commission-accredited hospitals, critical access hospitals, ambulatory healthcare organizations and behavioral healthcare and human services organizations.



R3 Report details new, revised requirements for antibiotic stewardship

Beginning Jan. 1, 2023, new and revised antibiotic stewardship requirements will apply to all Joint Commission-accredited hospitals and critical access hospitals.



Joint Commission adds pharmacist to survey team for organizations registered with NCCN

The Joint Commission has added the role of pharmacist to its survey team for healthcare organizations that are registered with the National Comprehensive Cancer Network. The announcement was made during the 2022 American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Summer Meetings and Exhibition earlier this month and highlighted in an article in Pharmacy Practice News.

Read the Pharmacy Practice News article >>


Comment on proposed new, revised requirements for EM surge management plan

Comments are being accepted until July 22 on proposed changes to the Emergency Management chapter relating to the development of a crisis standards of care plan. 

Comment now >>


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, recognizing major achievements by individuals and organizations to improve patient safety and healthcare quality.

Learn more >>


Deadline extended through July 14 for the Bernard J. Tyson National Award

The deadline to submit an application for the Bernard J. Tyson National Award for Excellence in Pursuit of Healthcare Equity has been extended through Thursday, July 14, at 11:59 p.m. CT.

Apply now >>


Joint Commission contributes to new SHEA guidance on preventing CLABSIs

Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology 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 hospitals, critical access hospitals

Refreshed Accelerate PI™ Dashboard Reports provide updated performance measurement data on a select subset of quality measures. The refreshed Interim ORYX® reports contain data through the second quarter of 2021 and the “Other” reports contain data through the first quarter of 2021. 



Best of the blogs

Introducing the Advancing Equity Through Quality and Safety Peer Network: Developed in conjunction with the American Medical Association and Brigham & Women’s Hospital, the network is a yearlong mentorship and networking pilot program that will equip eight participating health systems with the foundational knowledge and concrete tools to embed equity throughout their institutions’ health care delivery practices.

Meeting the Needs of the LGBTQ+ Community – Then and Now

Required Policies and Procedures in Suicide Prevention Program

Avoiding Unintended Retained Foreign Objects in Ambulatory Surgery Care

Winning Practices in Workplace Violence Prevention

Ambulatory Surgery Centers See a Return on Investment into Quality Improvement


Trending on social

September 13, 2022 – Hospital Executive Briefing
Joint Commission's new President and CEO Jonathan Perlin, MD, will give the keynote address. In person seating in Rosemont, IL is limited. Register early. A live webcast is also offered.

Joint Commission employees are getting the most out of Employee Wellness Month. Staff participated in the J.P. Morgan Chase Corporate Challenge and the inaugural Joint Commission Family and Friends Bike Ride. Is wellness at work important to you? Check out opportunities to join our team. #remixtherun#JPMCC


Media wrap-up

New Moms Keep Dying in the Week After Birth, and the Risk Remains Highest Among Black Women, The Philadelphia Inquirer

Report Quantifies ROI on Joint Commission Accreditation, Behavioral Healthcare Executive

Medication Storage and Security Assessment is Key to Patient Medication Safety, OR Today

Cracks in the Foundation?, Repertoire 


Multimedia feature

Radio Health Journal episode features Dr. McKee discussing systemic racism’s effect on low-quality healthcare

Radio Health Journal interviewed Dr. Ana Pujols McKee, Executive Vice President, Chief Medical Officer, Chief Diversity Equity and Inclusion Officer, The Joint Commission, about how systemic racism plays a role in the undertreatment of people of color. “This experience is not limited to black people, but to all people of color – and also to the LGBTQ+ community – [of] a feeling that they are being unfairly treated,” Dr. McKee said.

Listen >>