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Cancer Care Patients and Families Prioritize High-Quality Relationships and Communication

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 17:30
A new study in the October issue of The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety suggests that cancer care patients and their family members prioritize high-quality relationships and communication over quality and safety concerns.

The Joint Commission Issues New Sentinel Event Alert on Inadequate Hand-off Communication

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 19:00
The Joint Commission has issued a new Sentinel Event Alert to provide hospitals and other health care settings with seven recommendations to improve communication failures that occur when patients are transitioned from one caregiver to another or from one team of caregivers to another.

Individuals and initiatives advancing patient safety & quality sought for John M. Eisenberg Award nomination

Tue, 09/05/2017 - 18:45
The Joint Commission and the National Quality Forum (NQF) seek nominations for the 2017 John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Awards, recognizing individuals as well as local and national-level initiatives across the country that have advanced patient safety and health care quality.

The Joint Commission Issues R3 Report on New and Revised Pain Assessment and Management Standards

Wed, 08/30/2017 - 16:30
To help hospitals better understand and comply with the new and revised pain standards, The Joint Commission has released a new R3 Report. The report provides in-depth rationale, references and evidence.

What Does a ‘High Performing’ Health Care Delivery System Mean?

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 17:30
The concept of a “high-performing” health care delivery system has gained increasing interest from purchasers, payers and policymakers.

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Fri, 08/18/2017 - 18:14
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Few Outcome Measures Meet Criteria for Assessing Accuracy and Validity, According to Two Joint Commission Executives

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 19:16
Federal public reporting and payment programs increasingly emphasize the measurement of outcomes such as readmission, healthcare-associated infections and mortality rates. Outcome measures are intended to quantify the end results of a health care service or intervention.

Clinical Decision Support and Other Interventions Decrease Blood Transfusions

Fri, 07/21/2017 - 17:30
A study from the August issue of The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety holds promise to "change the culture of transfusion for the better by reducing unnecessary use of red blood cells and conserving resources."

University of Kansas Health System First to Achieve Comprehensive Cardiac Center Certification

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 16:02
To achieve the certification, a hospital must demonstrate a combination of compliance with consensus-based standards, evidence-based clinical practice guidelines for cardiac care, and performance measurement and improvement requirements. CCC-certified hospitals must also achieve and/or maintain required Joint Commission Disease-Specific Care requirements, as well as additional CCC Certification-specific requirements.