Joint Commission Online - July 19, 2023
Joint Commission Online is The Joint Commission's weekly newsletter and is posted every Wednesday.
July 19, 2023
A free on-demand webinar that introduces each standard and element of performance (EP) of The Joint Commission’s new Health Care Equity (HCE) Certification Program for hospitals and critical access hospitals is available for Continuing Education Credit (CE) until July 24.
All people deserve access to safe, quality care. This voluntary certification program, which launched on July 1, demonstrates a hospital’s commitment to advancing its efforts to achieve healthcare equity by building upon The Joint Commission’s existing healthcare equity accreditation standards and recent requirements to reduce healthcare disparities.
The webinar will:
- Describe the new HCE Certification requirements and the rationale for them.
- Show participants how to locate and use available resources.
This webinar is approved for 1.0 CE credit. To claim credit, you must:
- Individually register for the webinar.
- Complete the webinar in its entirety by July 24.
- Complete a post-program evaluation/attestation. The program evaluation/attestation link will be displayed after the recording finishes playing.
July 19, 2023
To align with the U.S. Pharmacopeia (USP) revisions for medication compounding released in November 2022, The Joint Commission has revised its Medication Compounding (MC) chapter for home care organizations and the Medication Compounding Certification (MDC) program, which is available to Joint Commission-accredited hospitals, critical access hospitals, and home care pharmacy organizations. The revisions go into effect on Jan. 1, 2024.
The Joint Commission undertook a thorough analysis of the USP revisions and rewrote the MC and MDC requirements, resulting in the following:
- Revisions to the requirements to align with the updated USP requirements.
- Reorganization of the requirements.
- Renumbering of the standards.
- Reducing the number of elements of performance (EPs) in MC by 58% and MDC by 72%.
The revisions relate to general responsibilities, staff competency, the compounding environment, compounding operations, sterile and nonsterile compounding, and nuclear pharmacy.
View the prepublication standards.
July 19, 2023
You still have time to submit your application for the 2023 John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Awards. The Joint Commission and the National Quality Forum (NQF) are now accepting applications through Aug. 7. The annual award program recognizes major achievements by individuals and organizations that use innovative approaches to improve patient safety and healthcare quality.
Awards are presented in three categories:
- Individual Achievement
- National Level Innovation in Patient Safety and Quality
- Local Level Innovation in Patient Safety and Quality
For more information and to apply, please visit the Eisenberg Awards webpage. Interested parties may inquire about eligibility and the application process by contacting EisenbergAwards@qualityforum.org.
July 19, 2023The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety has received its first impact factor — an important metric in peer-reviewed publications — of 2.3.
Clarivate Analytics, which began publishing the Journal Citation Reports in 1975, uses the impact factor — among other tools — to rank, evaluate, categorize, and compare journals. It also is a metric that authors look at when deciding where to submit a manuscript.
“It is a measure of the frequency with which the ‘average article’ in a journal has been cited in a particular year or period,” states the Clarivate website. “The annual Journal Citation Reports impact factor is a ratio between citations and recent citable items published. Thus, the impact factor of a journal is calculated by dividing the number of current year citations to the source items published in that journal during the previous two years.”
Clarivate states that the impact factor “is useful in clarifying the significance of absolute (or total) citation frequencies” and “eliminates some of the bias of such counts which favor large journals over small ones, or frequently issued journals over less frequently issued ones, and of older journals over newer ones.”
Interested in submitting a manuscript to the Journal on Quality and Patient Safety on the development, adaptation, and implementation of innovative concepts, strategies, methodologies, and practices in quality and patient safety? Learn more.