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Editors' Exclusives March 2023

In this issue:

  • Joint Commission Journal: A study in the March issue proposes the use of performance SMM (pSMM), a modification of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s SMM, as a hospital performance measure.
  • See our latest news releases.


Health care equity standard now NPSG

Effective July 1, 2023, Leadership (LD) Standard LD.04.03.08 — which addresses healthcare disparities as a quality and safety priority — will be elevated to a new National Patient Safety Goal® (NPSG®). This change is being made to increase the focus on improving healthcare equity. Also see the Health Care Equity Accreditation Standards and Resource Center

View the prepublication standards >>

Just launched: Health Care Equity Certification program

Joint Commission, NCQA, NQF issue joint statement on digital health data exchange of social determinants of health assessments

Now in effect: Performance Improvement requirement clarification

Revisions to DSC requirements for advanced inpatient diabetes care

New Assisted Living Community requirements to prohibit restraint, seclusion

Effective July 1: New, revised Emergency Management standards for Home Care program


New releases

New issues of Sentinel Event Alert, Quick Safety address maternal health, health equity and mental health

In June 2022, the White House issued a report stating that the United States is facing a maternal health crisis. The Joint Commission has been actively working to help address the myriad and complex causes of maternal mortality and morbidity. Read more >>

Now available: 2023 crosswalk for Joint Commission, CMS

New resources available in Health Care Equity Resource Center


Best of the blogs

Reducing the Burden: Eliminating 168 Accreditation Requirements Is Just the Start

The Joint Commission is eliminating 168 accreditation requirements that are above and beyond regulations from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) or any other state or federal agency. Read more >>

Mobile Application Improves Efficiency of Hand Hygiene Audits

One Catastrophic Error Led to a Career Preventing Wrong Patient Ordering Errors and Improving Health IT Safety

Anesthesia Risk Alerts: A Novel Approach to Mitigating Risk in the OR

NYC Care: Closing the Healthcare Access Gap for Undocumented New Yorkers



Direct Data Submission Platform CY 2022 now live

Coming soon: Application opens March 15 for Bernard J. Tyson National Award for Excellence in Pursuit of Healthcare Equity

Early bird discount for Emergency Management Conference available until March 31


Trending on social

Jan. 3, 2023: Congratulations to Northside Hospital in Atlanta for being the first in the country to receive Maternal Levels of Care (MLC) Verification from The Joint Commission!


Media wrap-up

The Joint Commission releases new hospital standards to combat antimicrobial resistance, USA Today/Future of Personal Health

Preparing for unexpected emergency in the OR, OR Today

Joint Commission, NQF announce 2022 Eisenberg Award winners, Healthcare Innovation

Patients overestimate how well they recall diagnoses, care after discharge: study, Fierce Healthcare

Retained surgical items bundle may help reduce patient harm, American College of Surgeons Bulletin


Multimedia feature

New podcast: Interview with Tyson Award recipient NYC Health + Hospitals

NYC Health + Hospitals, one of the recipients of the 2022 Bernard J. Tyson National Award for Excellence in Pursuit of Healthcare Equity, talks about its initiative to expand access to healthcare to undocumented New Yorkers and others who are ineligible for or cannot afford healthcare. [10:42]

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