Tag: Accreditation

Joint Commission announces 2017 ORYX performance measurements

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on October 5 announced its 2017 ORYX performance measurement requirements, effective January 1. Though the Joint Commission is closely aligned with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting Program, it has not adopted all of the electronic clinical quality measures…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 10, 2016
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Joint Commission deletes 51 EPs

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on September 27 announced that it has deleted 51 Elements of Performance (EPs) from its hospital accreditation standards, effective January 2017. Reasons for deletion include: Similar to, implicit in, or duplicative of other EPs. Address issues that have been covered by standards for many years…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 28, 2016
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Joint Commission updates policy on notification of changes

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on September 21 announced an update of its policy on notification of changes in accredited organizations, which will take effect October 1. Previously, organizations had to notify the Joint Commission within 30 days after a significant change. The new policy requires organizations to provide written…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 26, 2016
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Joint Commission releases 2017 ORYX reporting requirements

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on September 7 released its 2017 ORYX Performance Measurement Reporting Requirements for accredited hospitals. Hospitals will report on 5 chart-abstracted measures and a choice of 6 of 13 electronic clinical quality measures (eCQMs). Critical access and small hospitals may choose the six eCQMs from 13…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 12, 2016
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Joint Commission’s releases top five challenging requirements

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on August 31 released its top five most challenging requirements for the first half of 2016. The top five requirements cited most frequently as “not compliant” for hospitals during surveys and reviews from January 1 through June 30 are: 66% EC.02.06.01 The hospital establishes and…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 31, 2016
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Bariatric surgery outcomes in accredited vs nonaccredited centers

Editor's Note In this study, the preponderance of medical evidence supports Center of Excellence accreditation for bariatric surgery centers. This meta-analysis analyzed 13 studies that included more than 1.5 million patients. Among the benefits of accreditation: 10 studies found a substantial benefit for risk-adjusted outcomes 6 studies reported a considerable…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 26, 2016
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Joint Commission updates Quality Check website

Editor's Note The Joint Commission announced on May 18 that it had updated its Quality Check website. The website, launched in 1996, allows customers to search for accredited and certified organizations by city, state, name, zip code, or Joint Commission identification number. The updated site also lets customers search by services…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 18, 2016
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CMS approves IMQ as new ASC accrediting agency

Editor's Note The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on April 29 approved the San Francisco-based Institute for Medical Quality (IMQ) as a national accrediting organization for Ambulatory Surgery Centers (ASCs) that participate in the Medicare or Medicaid programs (known as deemed status), the May ASC Focus reports. IMQ…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 10, 2016
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Joint Commission posts most challenging requirements

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on March 30 posted the top requirements for accreditation identified most frequently as “not compliant” during surveys and reviews from January 1 through December 31, 2015. Among the most challenging: Granting initial, renewed, or revised clinical privileges to individuals who are permitted by law and…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 31, 2016
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Joint Commission: Blood management certification guide available

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on March 16 announced that the new Patient Blood Management Certification Review Process Guide (2016) is now available. Contents include a description of activities that take place during an on-site certification review and tips to prepare for the review process.   Patient Blood Management Certification…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 17, 2016
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