Quality & Patient Safety

Joint Commission introduces Patient Safety chapter

Briefings on Accreditation and Quality, December 1, 2014

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The Joint Commission recently released a new chapter to the Comprehensive Accreditation Manual for Hospitals (CAMH) entitled Patient Safety Systems. The chapter is intended to encourage organizations to build more high-reliability environments, specifically working to promote and foster high-quality, safe patient care. The Joint Commission refers to this as a patient-centered model.

"But for those healthcare organizations who truly aspire to be top performers in today's healthcare market, being merely patient-centered may not be sufficient," says Sena Blickenstaff, BSN, MBA, principal with Compass Clinical Consulting, and a former Joint Commission and CMS deemed status surveyor.

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