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February 2019

Joint Commission seeks comments on new antimicrobial stewardship requirements

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on January 9 announced that it is seeking feedback on its newly proposed requirements for antimicrobial stewardship at Medication Management (MM) standard MM.09.01.03. The requirements apply to ambulatory healthcare organizations and office-based surgery practices. The proposed requirements align with current recommendations from scientific and professional…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 14, 2019
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Follow pain management standards to ensure survey success

Postoperative pain management has always been a major focus of patient care. However, the opioid crisis is increasing the challenges healthcare leaders face because of the call for a national change in modalities of pain management. Regulatory bodies, specifically, are executing control to confront the opioid epidemic head on, making…

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By: Judith M. Mathias, MA, RN
January 14, 2019
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Joint Commission: New R3 Report goes in-depth on pain assessment, management standards

Editor's Note The Joint Commission announced on January 9 the publication of a new R3 Report to help organizations better understand the new and revised pain assessment and management standards that will be effective July 1, 2019. The R3 Report, which is for behavioral healthcare organizations, nursing care centers, and…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 10, 2019
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Joint Commission to begin publicly reporting C-section rates

Editor's Note The Joint Commission announced on December 19 that, effective July 1, 2020, it will begin publicly reporting hospitals with consistently high C-section rates on"Quality Check," using hospital data reported during CY 2018 and 2019. The Joint Commission began requiring accredited hospitals to collect and submit data on the…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 3, 2019
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Joint Commission launches webpage covering four high-risk areas

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on December 19 launched a webpage that covers four high-risk areas that surveyors evaluate. The “4-1-1 on Survey Enhancements” interactive page provides resources for: Sterile medication compounding Suicide prevention High-level disinfection and sterilization Hemodialysis. The Joint Commission enhanced its evaluation of these high risk areas…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 2, 2019
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Joint Commission surveys now seek evidence of performance

In the past few months, the Joint Commission has implemented a new process for accreditation surveys and changed the wording and interpretation of some standards, particularly infection control. At the 2018 OR Manager Conference in Nashville, Tennessee, in September, John R. Rosing, MHA, FACHE, executive vice president and principal of…

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By: Judith M. Mathias, MA, RN
December 13, 2018
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Joint Commission issues new Sentinel Event Alert on developing a reporting culture to improve safety

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on December 10 issued a new Sentinel Event Alert on developing a reporting culture to improve healthcare safety systems. The alert explores guidance to eliminate fear of negative consequences for those reporting mistakes and unsafe conditions in their organizations. The alert also encourages learning from…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 11, 2018
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Joint Commission announces new case study on wrong-site surgery safety

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on December 5 announced a new, free educational tool that details wrong-site surgery safety strategies--identifying risk factors and possible ways to improve processes. The case study lays out a situation in which a patient is scheduled for transbronchial biopsies of the right upper lung but…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 6, 2018
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Joint Commission revises anticoagulant NPSG

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on November 28 announced that it had revised National Patient Safety Goal (NPSG) 03.05.01. The revisions apply to organizations that initiate, manage, and adjust dosage for anticoagulant medications, including accredited ambulatory health care (in medical centers only), hospitals, critical access hospitals, and nursing care centers.…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 3, 2018
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Joint Commission announces new requirement for THKR certification

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on November 7 announced a new requirement of participation in a national joint replacement registry for its advanced Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement (THKR) certification, effective July 1, 2019. The Disease Specific Care Performance Measurement (DSPM) standard DSPM.4, element of performance (EP) 2 will…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 8, 2018
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