Joint Commission Online - April 12, 2023
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April 12, 2023
A new issue of Quick Safety aims to help prevent light source-related burns from laparoscopy and arthroscopy procedures.
Organizations that conduct these procedures should be aware of the potential for patient burns from the light sources associated with these scopes. Burns from these types of light sources can go unnoticed by the surgical team because they typically do not produce smoke or charring — even of surgical drapes.
More than half of the fires/burns sentinel events reported to The Joint Commission since 2019 were associated with surgical or invasive procedures, and nearly 15% of those peri-procedural incidents were related to light sources.
Read Quick Safety.
April 12, 2023
The Joint Commission and Kaiser Permanente are still accepting applications for the 2023 Bernard J. Tyson National Award for Excellence in Pursuit of Healthcare Equity.
Bernard J. Tyson, the late CEO and chair of Kaiser Permanente, worked tirelessly to address the healthcare disparities that plague the U.S. healthcare system. Now in its third year, the award recognizes a healthcare organization for an intervention that led to a measurable and sustained reduction in at least one healthcare disparity.
This year's application period is open today through May 10 at 11:59 p.m. CT, and there is no cost to apply.
The Tyson Award presents the opportunity for national recognition, as well as to share best practices with thousands of healthcare organizations across the country. Visit the Tyson Award webpage for more information and to apply.
April 12, 2023
The Joint Commission has updated its ORYX® reporting requirements and timelines for Joint Commission-accredited assisted living communities (ALCs). Reporting ORYX performance measures for calendar year (CY) 2022 and CY 2023 will be optional for assisted living communities. However, beginning Jan. 1, 2024, assisted living communities will be required to collect ORYX data that will be submitted to The Joint Commission. Chart-abstracted data will be due quarterly (three months after the end of the quarter).
ALCs will abstract standardized performance measures, which allow organizations to track the care provided to their residents and identify opportunities to improve care. Measure specifications are detailed in the Chart-Abstracted Measures Specification Manuals page on The Joint Commission’s website. The required performance measures are:
- ALC-01: Off-Label Antipsychotic Drug Use
- ALC-02: Resident Falls
- ALC-03: Resident Preferences and Goals of Care
- ALC-04: Advanced Care Plan/Surrogate Decision Maker
- ALC-05: Staff Stability
ALCs will use the Direct Data Submission Platform to submit ORYX performance measure data. While reporting is optional for CY 2022 and CY 2023, ALCs are encouraged to accept the initial platform invitation and complete the onboarding process. For those organizations that choose to submit some or all measure data, the following chart lists the submission timelines:
- Q1 2022 — June 14, 2023
- Q2 2022 — June 14, 2023
- Q3 2022 — June 14, 2023
- Q4 2022 — June 14, 2023
- Q1 2023 — Sept. 30, 2023
- Q2 2023 — Sept. 30, 2023
- Q3 2023 — Dec. 31, 2023
- Q4 2023 — March 31, 2024
For additional information, visit the Performance Measurement Network Q&A Forum and Assisted Living Community Accreditation page on The Joint Commission’s website. Other performance measure-related questions may be directed to the ORYX Help Line at email@example.com.
April 12, 2023
A new edition of The Joint Commission Big Book of Checklists is now available for purchase from Joint Commission Resources. This must-have collection of new and revised checklists is perfect for accreditation prep, infection prevention and performance improvement.
The third edition of this Doody’s 5-star book has a new section on healthcare worker safety to address COVID-19-related challenges and workplace violence issues. Other checklists new to this edition address cybersecurity, telehealth, healthcare equity and more.
The book features:
- Downloadable and customizable checklists on a wide range of topics that apply to all Joint Commission accreditation programs.
- Explanation of how checklists can be successfully used in healthcare settings.
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