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Executive Briefings debriefing, New York edition (#1)

Hello, everyone. I’ve just returned from the New York Executive Briefings. There weren’t any bombshells dropped this year by any of the presenters, who focused on the National Patient Safety Goals (NPSG), problematic standards, the new e-dition of the Comprehensive Accreditation Manual for Hospitals, and lastly gave an overview of the new scoring methodology.

Audience questions this year focused unsurprisingly on medication reconciliation, which continues to be a struggle for hospitals across the country. Universal Protocol was also a focal point during question and answer sessions.

Dr. Peter Angood said that The Joint Commission does not intend at this point to add any new NPSGs in 2009, though revisions are to be expected—and remember, just a few months ago we saw the release of the 2008 NPSGs that, though they did not contain any brand new Goals, did contain significant changes and left much work to do.

An important note on Periodic Performance Review (PPR): If your facility is due to submit a PPR before October, 2008, there are no changes. After October, PPR is optional for this year because of the numbering changes in the manual. If you choose to submit a PPR, though, it will need to be done before December 1 because The Joint Commission’s PPR tool will be offline.

If your PPR is due in January, you will have an extra 90 days to submit it. If due in February or March, you have an extra 60 days to submit it.

Was anyone else in attendance on Friday? What observations did you take away from the New York Executive Briefings?

I’ll be posting additional observations over the next few days, so please check back.

News from Executive Briefings: "D"s Will Not Change

Just wanted to share this posting from Bud Pate, REHS, Vice President of Content and Development for The Greeley Company. Bud is currently attending Executive Briefings in Los Angeles.

Although there may be some errors, the “D”s [indicating that documentation is required] for the new standards will remain as written in the current version of the manual according to Dr. Robert Wise, Vice President for the Division of Standards and Survey Methods for the Joint Commission. Although he acknowledges that there may be errors, Dr. Wise committed that, until they change, documentation is not required unless there is a Circle D logo in the accreditation manual.

Stay tuned for more.

Matt Phillion, Senior Managing Editor of Briefings on The Joint Commission, will be reporting back from the New York Executive Briefings.