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December 2017

Joint Commission chooses Apervita platform to ease eCQM submission

Editor's Note The Joint Commission has selected Chicago-based Apervita’s platform to enable thousands of hospitals with ORYX data reporting requirement to directly submit electronic clinical quality measure (eCQM) data in 2018, the November 14 Healthcare Informatics reports. Since the shift to eCQM data submission began 2 years ago, the Joint…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 15, 2017
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Joint Commission: More accredited hospitals submitting eCQM data

Editor's Note Despite the expansion of requirements for electronic clinical quality measure (eCQM) reporting to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, an increased number of Joint Commission accredited hospitals are adopting and reporting eCQMs to drive quality improvement, the Joint Commission reports.  In 2016, 470 accredited hospitals submitted eCQM…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 13, 2017
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Joint Commission updates Patient Blood Management standards

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on November 8 announced the update of its Patient Blood Management standards to align with AABB standards. Among the changes: educational requirements for those who order and/or transfuse blood defined guidelines on transfusion orders procedures for emergent/urgent patients, including massive blood loss intraoperative methods for…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 10, 2017
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Joint Commission updates emergency management requirements

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on November 3 updated its emergency management requirements for hospital, ambulatory, home health, and hospice settings, effective November 15. The updated standards will assist healthcare organizations in more effectively planning for disasters and coordinate with federal, state, tribal, regional, and local emergency preparedness systems. The…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 6, 2017
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Joint Commission redesigning Accreditation and Certification reports

Editor's Note The Joint Commission announced November 1 that it is redesigning its Accreditation and Certification reports to be more user-friendly.  The redesigned reports will highlight the most relevant information about surveys and reviews, outcomes, and required follow-ups. Additional changes include: removing unnecessary white space and repetitive text prioritizing and grouping…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 2, 2017
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Bulletproof Solutions for Finding-Free Joint Commission and CMS Surveys

After this session you’ll be able to: 1. Summarize 2017 Joint Commission standards and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) regulations. 2. Develop strategies to ensure ongoing compliance and survey readiness. 3. Understand methodologies surveyors utilize to assess compliance. Why this is important: As anyone who has undergone a…

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Joint Commission: New Sentinel Event Alert video on RSIs

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on October 25 announced a new Sentinel Event Alert video on Preventing Unintended Retained Foreign Objects, also known as retained surgical items (RSIs). The new video with Erin Lawler, a human factors engineer from the Joint Commission, explains how to maximize safety in the OR…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 25, 2017
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Joint Commission abandons proposed telehealth standards

Editor's Note The Joint Commission has abandoned proposed amendments to its accreditation standards that would have required healthcare systems to obtain patient consent, confirm patient location, and predict a patient’s financial responsibility before providing telehealth services, the October 11 mHealth Intelligence reports. The changes, which would have amended two existing…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 16, 2017
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Joint Commission begins Phase 4 revisions of EP Review Project

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on October 4 announced that Phase 4 of the EP [elements of performance] Review Project has begun, with EPs across all accreditation programs being evaluated for streamlining and consolidation. Revisions from the first part of Phase 4 will take effect January 1, 2018. Consolidation is…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 9, 2017
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Joint Commission deletes Medication Management EP

Editor's Note The Joint Commission announced on October 4 that it is deleting element of performance (EP) 3 for Medication Management 09.01.01 for hospitals and critical access hospitals, effective October 1. The standard states: “The [critical access] hospital educates patients, and their families as needed, regarding the appropriate use of…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 5, 2017
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Joint Commission updates business rules for calculating Life Safety Code surveyor days

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on September 27 announced an update to its business rules that determine the number of days the Life Safety Code surveyor will be part of a hospital’s survey. The changes, which will take effect January 1, 2018, include: Only square footage will be used to…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 28, 2017
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Friend or Foe? Preparing for Your Joint Commission Survey

As anyone who has undergone a Joint Commission Survey knows, preparation is key to a positive survey outcome. To ensure you are equipped with up-to-date Joint Commission standards and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) requirements affecting surgical services and areas that perform invasive procedures, Rosing returns to lead…

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