Joint Commission Online - Oct. 5, 2022
Joint Commission Online is The Joint Commission's weekly newsletter and is posted every Wednesday.
Refreshed Accelerate PI Dashboard Reports now available for primary, comprehensive stroke certified organizations
October 05, 2022
Refreshed Accelerate PI™ Dashboard Reports are available for primary (PSC) and comprehensive stroke centers (CSC) 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 first 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.
October 05, 2022
A free, 75-minute Expert to Expert webinar on the 2023 annual updates for stroke (STK) electronic clinical quality measures (eCQMs) is scheduled for Oct. 25 at 11 a.m. PT/noon MT/1 p.m. CT/2 p.m. ET.
The Expert to Expert webinar series provides a deep-dive into measure intent, logic, and other clinical/technical aspects of eCQMs to assist hospitals to improve data use for quality improvement. Common questions submitted to The Joint Commission regarding these measures will be addressed.
The webinar aims to help participants:
- Navigate the website to locate measure specifications, value sets, measure flow diagrams and technical release notes.
- Apply concepts learned about the logic and intent for the STK eCQMs.
- Prepare to implement the STK eCQMs for the 2023 eCQM reporting period.
- Identify common issues and questions regarding STK eCQMs.
To earn 1.0 CE credit, participants must:
- Individually register for the webinar.
- Attend the entire live broadcast. Only those attending the live session will be eligible to receive credit.
- Complete a post-program evaluation/attestation. The program evaluation/attestation link will be sent to your registered email after the webinar.
Program slides will be available for download from within the webinar platform approximately one hour before the broadcast begins. Also, the recording and presentation slides will be available on The Joint Commission website within several weeks of the broadcast.
October 05, 2022
Suicide after psychiatric hospitalization is a major concern, particularly within rural populations. The World Health Organization Brief Intervention and Contact (BIC) Program is an evidence-based practice shown in international trials to prevent suicide after psychiatric discharge. However, BIC has not yet been implemented in the United States.
A new study, published during National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month in the October 2022 issue of The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety, “Spreading a Strategy to Prevent Suicide After Psychiatric Hospitalization: Results of a Quality Improvement Spread Initiative,” provided programmatic support to implement BIC locally to six U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical centers serving large rural populations with low to moderate performance on a VA quality measure of mental health postdischarge care. The measure assesses the proportion of discharged patients who complete a required number of visits.
Researchers evaluated the overall effectiveness of BIC in the areas of treatment engagement and program satisfaction, and as measured by the VA quality measure. Results showed teams had high participation rates in programmatic activities and enrolled 85% of eligible patients. Among 70 enrolled patients, 97% received mental health follow-up within 30 days of discharge and 81.4% achieved the VA quality measure of mental health postdischarge care. Additionally, on average, patients rated BIC as excellent and team members agreed that BIC was easy to use, implementable, and achievable.
Also featured in the October issue are:
- Measuring the Effectiveness of Choosing Wisely Campaign on Laboratory Testing for Hospitalized Patients (Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, Richmond, Virginia)
- Ten Years Since the Choosing Wisely Campaign: Are We Ordering Laboratory Tests More Wisely in Our Hospitalized Patients? (editorial)
- Predictive Ability of the Braden QD Scale for Hospital-acquired Venous Thromboembolism in Hospitalized Children (Stanford University School of Medicine, Palo Alto, California)
- A Longitudinal Study of a Multifaceted Intervention to Reduce Newborn Falls While Preserving Rooming-In on a Mother-Baby Unit (Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Lebanon, New Hampshire)
- Frequency of Device-Related Interruptions Using a Scalable Assessment Tool (Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston)
- Preferences and Perceptions of Medical Error Disclosure Among Marginalized Populations: A Narrative Review (University of California, San Francisco)
- The Use of Clinical Data Registries to Improve Care and Meet Ongoing Professional Practice Evaluation Requirements (commentary)
- Inaccurate Penicillin Allergy Labeling, the Electronic Health Record, and Adverse Outcomes of Care (commentary)
Access the Journal.
October 05, 2022
- Improvement Insights — Evaluating the Prevalence of Leading Practices in Suicide Prevention: As part of our commitment to helping prevent inpatient suicide, The Joint Commission’s Department of Research is conducting a new national study evaluating the prevalence of leading practices in suicide prevention in accredited hospitals. The study, which is supported by The Pew Charitable Trusts, seeks to understand the extent to which several leading practices related to suicide prevention are currently used in Joint Commission-accredited hospitals and emergency departments, writes Salome Chitavi, PhD, Research Scientist II, Department of Research.
- Improvement Insights — NIOSH Continues to Evaluate Use of EHMRs During COVID-19 Pandemic to Inform Future, Routine Use: Almost a decade ago, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health’s (NIOSH) National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory (NPPTL) recognized that a surge in demand for N95 filtering facepiece respirators could outpace supply. Therefore, NIOSH began exploring the use of elastomeric half mask respirators (EHMRs) as an alternative respirator type for routine use or as a potential strategy during supply chain shortages, writes Emily J. Haas, PhD, Research Health Scientist, NIOSH NPPTL.