Tag: Joint Commission

Joint Commission releases annual Sentinel Event Data Report

Editor's Note According to the annual Sentinel Event Data Report, The Joint Commission received 1,411 reports of sentinel events—an event not related to the natural course of an illness or condition that causes severe harm, permanent harm or death—in 2023. Of that total, 96% of events were voluntary self-reported by…

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By: Matt Danford
May 15, 2024
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Joint Commission identifies most cited certification performance requirements

Editor's Note Recognizing that complying with some standards is more difficult than complying with others, The Joint Commission regularly evaluates which areas are most difficult so it can tailor education accordingly. To that end, a May 7 report reveals the top 5 most frequently cited elements of performance (EPs) in…

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By: Matt Danford
May 10, 2024
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The Joint Commission launches new telehealth accreditation program

Editor's Note Effective July 1, telehealth providers can apply for a new Joint Commission accreditation designed to ensure safe, high-quality care. Announced April 23 by The Joint Commission, the new Telehealth Accreditation Program is designed for organizations that exclusively provide care, treatment and services via telehealth. Hospitals and other healthcare…

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By: Matt Danford
April 29, 2024
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Medical error initiative from Joint Commission affiliate NQF targets preventable harm, “never events”

Editor's Note Designed to address high rates of preventable medical errors, a new initiative from The National Quality Form (NQF), an affiliate of The Joint Commission, will modernize criteria for what constitutes a Serious Reportable Event (SRE) and align standards for reporting such events across different accountability systems. Dubbed “Focus…

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By: Matt Danford
April 11, 2024
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How data puts the ‘value’ in value-based care

What if a surgeon decided to perform a procedure on a patient that was not totally necessary? It happens more often that one might realize. As recently as August 2023, Forbes published an article that cited a Harvard Business Review report stating that over 50% of lumbar spine surgeries are…

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By: David Cotriss
March 22, 2024
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Procedural sedation analgesia considerations for ASC leaders

The promise of quicker recovery and fewer complications from sedation, anesthesia, and pain management have drawn clinicians and patients alike to procedures performed in ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) and other outpatient settings. However, sedation, anesthesia, and analgesia add their own risks to those of the procedure itself. Understanding the latest…

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By: Uyen Vo, BSN, MBA
March 22, 2024
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Many hospitals neglect best-practice suicide prevention

Editor's Note A study from the Joint Commission found that more than 25 percent of hospitals have not adopted any of the four policies identified by the organization as best-practice, evidence-based discharge practices for preventing suicide in at-risk patients.   According to a March 12 report on the implementation gap…

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By: Matt Danford
March 14, 2024
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New Joint Commission requirements for total hip, knee replacements focus on opioids, diabetes

Editor's Note The Joint Commission has released revised requirements for the advanced disease-specific care certification for total hip and total knee replacement (THKR). The requirements, which are designed to align with the updated AAOS clinical practice guidelines, go into effect July 1, 2024 and focus largely on addressing opioids and…

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By: Brita Belli
February 1, 2024
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The Joint Commission: World Patient Safety Day is September 17

Editor's Note On September 17, World Patient Safety Day, The Joint Commission is partnering with the World Health Organization in recognizing the shared commitment to safe, equitable, high quality care for all and asks all accredited organizations and partners to join in the recognition. This year’s theme, “Engaging patients for…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 14, 2023
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The Joint Commission: Updated Accelerate PI Dashboard Reports available

Editor's Note The Joint Commission, on August 23, announced that updated Accelerate PI Dashboard Reports are available for hospitals, critical access hospitals, and nursing centers. The reports provide performance measurement data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on a select subset of quality measures through the second quarter…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 24, 2023
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