Joint Commission Online - June 29, 2022
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June 29, 2022
Healthcare organizations seeking to submit an application for the Bernard J. Tyson National Award for Excellence in Pursuit of Healthcare Equity now have two more weeks, as the application deadline has been extended through Thursday, July 14, at 11:59 p.m. CT.
The Tyson Award was established by The Joint Commission in partnership with Kaiser Permanente in honor of Bernard J. Tyson, late CEO and chair of Kaiser Permanente and passionate healthcare advocate for healthcare equity. The annual award recognizes healthcare organizations that directly deliver healthcare and their partners that led initiatives that achieved a measurable, sustained reduction in one or more healthcare disparities.
Visit the Tyson Award webpage to learn more or to submit an application.
June 29, 2022
- Dateline @ TJC — Introducing the Advancing Equity Through Quality and Safety Peer Network: The Advancing Equity Through Quality and Safety Peer Network, developed in conjunction with the American Medical Association and Brigham & Women’s Hospital (BWH), 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; and advance racial justice and equity for their patients, staff and communities, writes Ana Pujols McKee, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer, The Joint Commission.
- Dateline @ TJC — Meeting the Needs of the LGBTQ+ Community – Then and Now: We have been involved in healthcare equity initiatives at The Joint Commission for decades, and inclusion of the LGBTQ+ population has always been a part of this work. While it seems hard to believe now, less than 20 years ago sexual orientation and gender identity were often overlooked in the provision of safe patient care. However, it has been exciting to see how healthcare organizations have increased their focus on the needs of LGBTQ+ patients over the years, and it is now woven into the fabric of care delivery. We should celebrate this evolution, especially during our Pride month festivities, but we still have work to do. Healthcare disparities unfortunately still exist for LGBTQ+ patients, and The Joint Commission remains committed to do our part to ensure equitable care for all, writes Christina Cordero, Project Director, Healthcare Standards Development, and Brette Tschurtz, Associate Director, Department of Research.
- Ambulatory Buzz — Ambulatory Surgery Centers See a Return on Investment into Quality Improvement: A new independent study completed by the ROI Institute asked Joint Commission-accredited ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) to identify areas where they have seen a return on investment (ROI) in accreditation. On average, ASCs in the study saw a 628% ROI — meaning that for every dollar an organization invested into accreditation, it saw that dollar returned plus an additional $6.28, writes Pearl S. Darling, MBA, Executive Director, Ambulatory Care Services.
June 29, 2022
A new book available from Joint Commission Resources (JCR) focuses on The Joint Commission’s Emergency Management (EM) standards chapter for all healthcare settings. “Emergency Management in Health Care: An All-Hazards Approach, 5th Edition” aims to help in identifying hazard vulnerabilities and preparing for any type of emergency.
Highlights of the book include:
- Revisions to the Emergency Management (EM) standards for hospitals and critical access hospitals.
- Focused information and resources for ambulatory care organizations, office-based surgery practices, home care organizations, nursing care centers, and behavioral health and human services providers.
- More than 30 customizable, downloadable tools to assist with emergency preparedness and compliance with the EM standards.
- Lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic.
- EM education and training, as well as testing and evaluating the components of an organization’s EM program, such as:
- Hazard vulnerability analysis (HVA)
- Continuity of operations plan (COOP)
- Emergency exercises or responses to real emergencies
Purchase the book.