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Video gives sanitation advice for ambulatory care centers

The Joint Commission recently posted a new video Cleaning, High-Level Disinfection and Sterilization in Ambulatory Care Settings. The video covers infection control specialist Lisa Waldowski’s presentation on the benefits of infection prevention and the Joint Commission’s tracer program during their 2015 Annual Ambulatory Conference. The video is a prelude to The Joint Commission’s 2016 webinar Cleaning, High-Level Disinfection, and Sterilization for Ambulatory Care Organizations.

Deadline for December webcast fast approaching; Learning about survey hot spots for 2016

There’s still time to join the December webcast on CMS and Joint Commission hot spots for 2016.

Join Bud Pate, REHS, and Lisa Eddy, RN, CPHQ, on Wednesday, December 16 at 1 p.m. ET as they examine current survey focuses and point out where CMS and The Joint Commission will concentrate their efforts during your next survey.

In just 90 minutes, find out how to prepare for your next accreditation survey and comply with the most troublesome CMS and Joint Commission requirements. Pate and Eddy will provide strategies for preparing your staff for survey and give you valuable tips about what surveyors will expect when they arrive at your facility.

For more information and to register for the webcast, call HCPro customer service at 800-650-6787 or visit the HCPro Marketplace.

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. 

Joint Commission puts antimicrobial stewardship standard up for field review

The Joint Commission seeks comments from healthcare facilities about a proposed standard that would require organizations to establish antimicrobial stewardship programs. The purpose of the new standard is to decrease the use of antimicrobials whenever possible to prevent the creation of drug-resistant strains of disease.

The deadline to provide feedback via comments or completing a survey is December 30.

Read the proposed standard and submit your comments here.

December webcast to highlight survey hot spots for 2016

What are the CMS and Joint Commission hot spots for 2016? Join Bud Pate, REHS, and Lisa Eddy, RN, CPHQ, on Wednesday, December 16 at 1 p.m. ET as they examine current survey focuses and point out where CMS and The Joint Commission will concentrate their efforts during your next survey.

In just 90 minutes, find out how to prepare for your next accreditation survey and comply with the most troublesome CMS and Joint Commission requirements. Pate and Eddy will provide strategies for preparing your staff for survey and give you valuable tips about what surveyors will expect when they arrive at your facility.

For more information and to register for the webcast, call HCPro customer service at 800-650-6787 or visit the HCPro Marketplace.

Joint Commission releases list of top performing hospitals

The Joint Commission just released its annual report on improving quality and safety in 3,300 American hospitals. The report recognizes 1,043 hospitals as the best facilities in the “Top Performer on Key Quality Measures” program. Within that group, 23 hospitals collected and reported data on seven or more core measure sets in 2014 and were named top performers in all of those areas.

The Joint Commission shows its results as “composites,” or the sum of all the accountability measures and steps taken to meet certain measure sets. This is the first year the accreditor had data on its new tobacco treatment and substance use measure sets, reporting tobacco measure compliance at 75.8% and substance use at 58.2%. The report found that the most improved area was perinatal care, which jumped from a composite score of 74.1% in 2013 to 96.3% in 2014.

However, only 80.3% of accredited hospitals that received a total composite score greater than 95% this year. This marks a 0.8% decrease from the prior year, which the report claims is due to hospitals adjusting to the new tobacco treatment and substance use measure sets.

Read the full report here.

New name for Briefings on The Joint Commission

Briefings on The Joint Commission has a new name: Briefings on Accreditation and Quality!

For the last few years, in addition to covering the latest Joint Commission happenings, we’ve also included a broad focus on CMS compliance and quality improvement. We think our new name better reflects the quality content we strive to bring you each month. You’ll still be able to access prior issues of Briefings on The Joint Commission on our website.

The November issue should be in your inbox. You can view it here and if you haven’t had a chance to subscribe to the newsletter, click here for more information.

We’re excited about this change and hope you will be too. If there are any topics you would like to see covered in upcoming editions of Briefings on Accreditation and Quality, please email me at mclarke@hcpro.com.

 

Joint Commission releases sentinel event statistics through 2008

The Joint Commission has released its latest statistics for sentinel events through December 31, 2008. Perhaps not surprisingly, wrong-site surgery tops the list at 13.2% of reported events. The data released by The Joint Commission date back to 1995, and the database contains 5,632 total events. Second to wrong-site surgery is suicide at 12.4%.

Does this list reflect the most reported events at your hospital?

If you’d like more details about the specific events on this list, you can click here and find options for looking at trends by year and by state.