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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.

Journal Features National Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Awardees - Eisenberg Award Recipients’ Achievements Detailed in July 2017 Issue

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 13:02
Patient safety and quality improvement efforts prevent errors in health care and save lives. To recognize such efforts, The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety features the recipients of the John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Awards, presented annually by the National Quality Forum (NQF) and The Joint Commission, in three open access articles from its July 2017 issue.

New Compendium of Resources for Venous Thromboembolism Patient Education and Discharge Materials

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 17:30
Patients discharged with venous thromboembolism (VTE) need to receive comprehensive discharge instructions to manage their condition and its treatment in a way that is both safe and effective. To provide guidance to clinicians and other health educators looking for reliable and up-to-date patient education materials, The Joint Commission’s Department of Health Services Research has developed a new Compendium of Resources.

Four Joint Commission/Joint Commission Resources Books Named Doody’s Core Titles for 2017

Fri, 06/09/2017 - 17:22
Four books published by The Joint Commission and Joint Commission Resources, Inc. (JCR) have been named as Doody’s Core Titles in Health Sciences for 2017. The annual Doody’s Core Titles list recognizes the best titles published within a variety of medical specialties.

Statement on Proposed CMS Rule Regarding Private Accreditation Reports

Thu, 06/01/2017 - 20:05
The Joint Commission today submitted public comment to The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding a proposal to require all accrediting organizations with Medicare deeming authority to make all survey reports of all organizations they accredit, including reports on full accreditation, deficiency, follow-up and complaint surveys as well as all providers’ plans of correction, available on their public websites.

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Thu, 05/18/2017 - 17:59
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Lean Methodology Improves Throughput and Safety in Behavioral Health Care

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 17:50
A new study from the June 2017 issue of The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety describes how Lean principles were applied to improve clinical operations at the Crisis Response Center, a behavioral health facility specializing in emergency psychiatric care, in Tucson, Arizona.