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Joint Commission cracks down on disruptive clinicians

Quality Improvement Report, August 1, 2008

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Dictatorial docs who demean, bully, or otherwise behave badly may want to get in touch with their kinder, gentler side. Beginning January 1, 2009, new standards by The Joint Commission (formerly JCAHO) will require hospitals to have protocols to put cantankerous clinicians in their place-or else. In July, the accreditor issued a Sentinel Event Alert warning that disruptive behavior by physicians-or any clinicians, for that matter-pose a threat to patient safety.

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