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Comments open for Joint Commission inpatient diabetes care certification

The Joint Commission plans to update its Advanced Certification for Inpatient Diabetes Care program and is asking the public for input. The move is part of an effort to enhance certification programs regarding disease-specific care. The current advanced certification for diabetes care is based on the American Diabetes Association’s 2014 “Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes.”

The comment period closes on May 17. Those interested in participating are asked to read the Advanced Certification for Inpatient Diabetes Care Proposed Requirements before responding via online survey, online form, or traditional mail.


Joint Commission changes to Comprehensive Stroke Measure Set

This year, The Joint Commission will not collect any data on the Comprehensive Stroke (CSTK) measure CSTK-07: Median Time to Revasculation. One of eight measures aimed at treating ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke patients, CSTK-07 was suspended because of difficulties collecting data on the date and time of the first usage of a clot removal device on a patient. The measure is undergoing a review that will determine whether it will be reinstated.

Meanwhile, a new CSTK measure is expected to go into effect on January 1, 2017, although details haven’t been released yet. The Joint Commission will be announcing the measure specifications on its “Specifications Manual for Joint Commission National Quality Measures” webpage.


Updated disease-specific care review process guide released

The Joint Commission has released an updated version of its Organization Review Process Guide for Disease Specific Care Certification. The update includes information on the new Advanced Certification for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement program.

The updated information went into effect on March 1.


New opioid treatment requirements added to Joint Commission’s behavioral standards

The Joint Commission has added new requirements for opioid treatment programs accredited under its Behavioral Health Care Program.

The requirements go into effect on July 1, 2016 and are aligned with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Federal Guidelines for Opioid Treatment Programs.

The changes are in the Care, Treatment, and Services, Emergency Management, Human Resources Management, Leadership, Medication Management, and Rights and Responsibilities of the Individual chapters in the Comprehensive Accreditation Manual for Behavioral Health Care Organizations.

Click here to read the prepublication standards.

Joint Commission’s Targeted Solutions Tool™ makes headway

The Joint Commission’s Target Solutions Tool™ (TST) launched in September has made progress in the area of hand hygiene. Over 700 hand hygiene projects are currently running, over 6,500 hand hygiene observations have been entered into the TST, and more than 2,500 download requests have been received so far for the tools and videos that the TST provides to support these projects.

The TST looks at measurement processes, barriers to success, and methods for implanting solutions, and was designed to smooth the process of solving healthcare’s most stubborn quality and safety issues.

The organization has teamed up with some of the top hospitals in the country to develop these solutions and is still seeking more.

Click here to find out more information.