Joint Commission Online - June 28, 2023
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June 28, 2023The Joint Commission is proud to announce that Jonathan B. Perlin, MD, PhD, MSHA, MACP, FACMI, president and chief executive officer, The Joint Commission enterprise, was recognized by Modern Healthcare as one of the 50 Most Influential Clinical Executives for 2023.
The program honors clinicians in executive roles who are deemed by their peers and the senior editors of Modern Healthcare as paving the way to better health care through their executive responsibility, leadership qualities, innovation, community services, and achievements inside and outside of their respective organizations.
“The 50 clinical leaders we’ve recognized started as physicians or nurses, and regardless of their titles today, that strong foundation of caring for patients has benefited their organizations and communities,” says Mary Ellen Podmolik, editor-in-chief of Modern Healthcare. “These executives are broadening access to care through expansion and embracing digital tools to make their operations more efficient and their patients more connected. They also are tackling workforce challenges by developing strategies to attract newcomers to the field. Modern Healthcare’s 50 Most Influential Clinical Executives are helping propel the industry forward.”
Dr. Perlin joined The Joint Commission in March 2022. Under his strategic leadership, The Joint Commission has made significant progress to improve health care equity for all patients, reduce health care’s carbon footprint and leverage learning processes for a more data-driven, evidence-based and outcomes-oriented approach to accreditation and certification.
Over the past year, Dr. Perlin has directed new initiatives to improve patient safety, quality and health care equity. The Joint Commission implemented new requirements to reduce health care disparities, which will be elevated to a National Patient Safety Goal on July 1. Under his direction, The Joint Commission also eliminated 14% of its standards to streamline requirements and make them as impactful as possible. A second tranche of eliminated standards will occur in late August. Dr. Perlin has made it a top priority for The Joint Commission to work closely with stakeholders across health care to achieve a shared vision — that all people always experience the safest, highest quality, best-value health care across all settings.
Dr. Perlin’s distinguished career has spanned the academic, public and private sectors, where he has led groundbreaking improvements in health care quality, safety and the use of information technology. Previously, he was president, Clinical Operations, and chief medical officer at HCA Healthcare, Nashville. He also served as Under Secretary for Health in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Additionally, he serves on numerous boards and maintains faculty appointments at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, and Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia.
Learn more about the 50 Most Influential Clinical Executives program.
June 28, 2023About 1 in 5 Americans live in rural areas, according to data compiled by the U.S. Census Bureau.
But recent surveys from the Transamerica Center for Health Studies show that just 69% of rural residents were likely to describe their health as excellent or good — as compared to urban (80%) and suburban (78%) residents. The data also shows that rural residents are less likely than residents in other areas to have health insurance and they have fewer healthcare benefits from their employers.
It was with that data and more in mind that Dr. Jonathan B. Perlin, MD, PhD, President and CEO, The Joint Commission, stated that “our work is not done in rural America” during an interview with the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) RFD-TV broadcast of “Rural Health Matters” on June 19.
“We have disparities,” Dr. Perlin said during the interview. “We have differences in terms of the quality of outcomes and the experience of care between some of the more urban settings and our most rural settings.”
Dr. Perlin was the featured guest of the program, which was hosted by Christina Loren and UNMC Chancellor Jeffrey P. Gold, MD.
“Our work at The Joint Commission is really about three things: inspiration; focusing all of America [and] all healthcare roles on improving quality in an organized and sustained manner; and accountability,” Dr. Perlin said. “We're not a government organization. We're a not-for-profit organization. But we help the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which run the Medicare and Medicaid programs in rural America — typically qualified health centers — as an intermediary. You can't participate in those programs unless you meet certain government requirements, and we're the organization that makes sure that those requirements are met, as well as requirements that we add that really are focused on the very best practices at any given time in terms of safety and quality.”
During the interview, Dr. Perlin also touched on the goal of The Joint Commission’s survey process in helping organizations better patient safety and quality.
“Our goal is not to give a demerit for something that doesn't happen,” he said. “Our goal is to share insights into how to make things as safe and effective as possible.”
Dr. Perlin not only answered questions from Loren but also some from rural residents who called in to participate in the program. When asked what great care looks like, he responded by stating “it is the kind of care you’d want for yourself and your family.”
Watch the full interview, which included information on COVID-19, health equity and other critical topics in healthcare.
June 28, 2023
The Joint Commission and National Quality Forum (NQF) are accepting applications for the 2023 John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Awards through Aug. 7. The awards program recognizes major achievements by individuals and organizations 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
Help recognize your colleagues who are doing excellent work to improve quality and safety in healthcare earn national recognition by submitting a nomination or sharing the Eisenberg Awards webpage. The page includes an application preview, eligibility information, and information about previous awardees to help develop an application.
Please direct questions about the Eisenberg Awards program to EisenbergAwards@qualityforum.org.
June 28, 2023Refreshed Accelerate PI™ Dashboard Reports containing data through fourth quarter of 2021 are available for accredited hospitals and critical access hospitals.
Data in the reports comes from chart-abstracted quality measures and electronic clinical quality measures (eCQMs) data reported by hospitals to The Joint Commission under the ORYX® program. The dashboards, available to both Joint Commission surveyors and accredited hospitals, are intended to be a springboard for conversations on data, performance measures, and quality improvement during the survey process.
Additionally, Quality Measurement Trends and Benchmarks Reports have been refreshed and reflect data for 2019, 2020 and 2021. Quality Measurement Trends and Benchmarks Reports contain aggregate data for each of the ORYX hospital measures. Data in this report may be used to compare individual hospital performance with National Rates.
Accelerate PI Dashboard Reports and Quality Measurement Trends and Benchmarks Reports are located under the Resources and Tools menu below the DASH heading in Joint Commission Connect®.
June 28, 2023Refreshed Accelerate PI™ Dashboard Reports are available for primary (PSCs) and comprehensive stroke centers (CSCs) to provide updated performance measurement data on the quality measures selected for advanced PSC and CSC certification programs. The refreshed reports contain data through the fourth quarter of 2022.
The dashboards provide performance measurement data on all the measures that PSCs and CSCs report using the Certification Measure Information Process (CMIP). The reports are intended to be a springboard for conversations on performance measures and quality improvement during the certification process, as well as a guide to support an organization’s quality journey.
Reports are located under the “Resources and Tools” menu below the DASH heading in Joint Commission Connect®. Users must select “Certification” on the home screen prior to accessing the menu.
June 28, 2023The Joint Commission has released a free, on-demand video highlighting Accelerate PI™ resources available from The Joint Commission and others to inform healthcare organizations’ quality improvement work.
The video provides viewers with live navigation to a suite of fundamental performance improvement resources to assist organizations with the next step forward in their journey of quality improvement to provide high-quality care for patients.
Register to view the video.