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Joint Commission now taking applications for Patient Blood Management Certification

Healthcare facilities that conduct blood transfusions can now apply for The Joint Commission’s new Patient Blood Management Certification program. The program was developed with the AABB, an international association focusing on cellular therapies, transfusion medicine, and blood management. The certification is based on the AABB’s Standards for a Blood Management Program and is aimed at educating hospitals on the benefits of an evidence-based, multidisciplinary approach to the transfusion decision-making process.

For more on the certification, click here.

Joint Commission seeks comment on total hip and total knee replacement measures

The Joint Commission is still working on six measures for its new advanced certification for total hip and total knee replacement and is seeking public comment up through January 2016.

The Joint Commission began accepting applications for its new program in December and on-site reviews for the program will being in early 2016. The certification is available for hospitals, critical access hospitals, and ambulatory surgery centers already accredited by The Joint Commission.

Update: Program requirements for total hip and total knee replacement advanced certification will go into effect in March 2016

Joint Commission and AABB partner to establish a patient blood management certification program

Starting in 2016, healthcare facilities that conduct blood transfusions will be able to receive a new form of certification from the Joint Commission and the AABB. The Patient Blood Management Certification program is aimed at educating hospitals on the benefits of an evidence-based, multidisciplinary approach to the transfusion decision-making process.

The AABB is an international association focusing on cellular therapies, transfusion medicine and blood management and the certification is based on their Standards for a Patient Blood Management Program. 

Some people just don’t test well.

AHAP members, yours truly, senior managing editor of Briefings on The Joint Commission, is about to undertake a very frightening task: I’m taking the CSHA exam.

I like to think of myself as knowledgeable about Joint Commission standards and accreditation in general but having never been a survey coordinator I’m a little nervous. Also, my fellow AHAP bloggers will no doubt give me some serious grief if I don’t pass on the first try. Or second.

Fortunately, I can take comfort in knowing that if I fail, I should persevere. Because someone out there has failed her driver’s license exam 771 times, and she hasn’t given up. So I won’t either. Apparently the woman, who resides in South Korea, has spent approximately $3,000 (or more accurately, 4 million won) since April, 2005 attempting to pass her written exam.

Wish me luck!

Congrats to our most recent CSHAs!

Congratulations to Emily Alvarez, Melinda Smith-Vaughn, Amy Boykin, Barbara Meacomes, and Cassie Seiler–our most recent Certified Specialists in Healthcare Accreditation!

The CSHA certification program is still new, and we’ve already had over 50 people take the exam. Congratulations to all who have passed!

Congrats to our first group of CSHAs!

Congratulations to Dorris Dotson, Jane Bondani, Kathryn Hughley, Bart Wilkinson, Jackie Geeson, and Scotty Carmon–our first group of Certified Specialists in Healthcare Accreditation (CSHA)!

The group all took the exam last month and passed, and a number of other people have since signed up to take the exam.

Click here for more information on the new certification and to download the brochure, application, and candidate handbook.