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Accreditation Articles by Topic: Survey Preparation

Staff Challenge: Environment of Care and Life Safety

  • Accreditation Insider, Issue 35, September 2, 2014

    The e-SOC is comprised of two basic sections. Name them.

Upcoming webcast provides mock tracer guidance

  • Accreditation Insider, Issue 28, July 15, 2014

    An HCPro webcast on August 20 will walk attendees through the mock survey process to help improve...

Q&A: Compliant use of flash sterilization

  • Accreditation Insider, Issue 37, September 11, 2012

    Q: How do I stay compliant while using flash sterilization in my facility?

What’s new with AHAP: 7.31 Strengthening Survey Readiness webcast

  • Accreditation Insider, Issue 27, July 3, 2012

    We just wanted to let you know about an upcoming webcast that accreditation professionals might be...

Q&A: Ongoing survey readiness tips

  • Accreditation Insider, Issue 16, April 17, 2012

    Q: I was just promoted to manager of accreditation at my facility. What are some things I should...

Joint Commission launches new SAFE CARE program

  • Accreditation Insider, Issue 10, March 6, 2012

    In connection to Patient Safety Awareness Week (March 4-10), The Joint Commission has launched a...

Q&A: What if my staff just doesn’t know the answer?

  • Accreditation Insider, Issue 9, February 28, 2012

    Q: We are expecting a survey any day now and I’m worried that some of my staff may not know...

From the AHAP Blog: Have you participated in the latest benchmarking survey?

  • Accreditation Insider, Issue 8, February 21, 2012

    I just wanted to let you know that the organization has launched its first benchmarking survey of...

Q&A: Will an unmanned front desk affect survey results?

  • Accreditation Insider, Issue 8, February 21, 2012

    Q: At my facility, we don’t have someone working the front desk until 11am. Could this affect...

From the AHAP Blog: Have you participated in the latest AHAP benchmarking survey?

  • Accreditation Insider, Issue 7, February 14, 2012

    AHAP has launched its first benchmarking survey of 2012, “Recent Survey Observations.”

AHAP launches first benchmarking survey of 2012

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 6, February 10, 2012

    The Association for Healthcare Accreditation Professionals (AHAP) has launched its first...

Joint Commission releases revisions to lab deeming authority application

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 3, January 20, 2012

    The Joint Commission has released revisions to the elements of performance (EP) of application for...

LD.03.01.01 revised

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 3, January 20, 2012

    The Joint Commission has unveiled prepublication standards, effective July 1, 2012, to Leadership...

California Department of Public Health releases HAI reports

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 2, January 13, 2012

    The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has released six reports on data from California...

IL hospitals contribute over $4.6 billion in community benefits

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 2, January 13, 2012

    According to a report released by the Illinois Hospital Association, Illinois hospitals contributed...

Two new accreditation decision rules approved

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 1, January 6, 2012

    Effective January 1, 2012, two new accreditation decision rules have been approved by The Joint...

Joint Commission announces new E-App launch, downtime

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 47, November 18, 2011

    The Joint Commission has announced that it will launch its newly enhanced electronic application...

Texting verbal orders FAQ published

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 47, November 18, 2011

    The Joint Commission has published an FAQ addresssing texting orders on its Frequently Asked...

Joint Commission seeks feedback for EM drills for home care program

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 44, October 28, 2011

    The Joint Commission is looking to the field for feedback on proposed revisions to its home care...

Joint Commission Critical Access Hospital Accreditation program receives CMS recognition

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 43, October 21, 2011

    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have granted deeming authority to The Joint...

HFAP appoints new director of accreditation services

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 43, October 21, 2011

    The Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP) announced it has named a new director of...

Enhanced certification alliance expands connection between Joint Commission and American Heart Association

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 41, October 7, 2011

    In order to help organizations provide even better care through Certified Primary Stroke Centers...

Joint Commission releases R3 report looking at CAUTI

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 40, October 3, 2011

    The Joint Commission has just released a new R3 report examining the 2012 National Patient Safety...

Joint Commission seeks pilot testers for sudden cardiac arrest measures

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 39, September 23, 2011

    The Joint Commission has announced it is seeking organizations to act as pilot testers for draft...

Joint Commission lists top performers in annual quality report

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 38, September 15, 2011

    The Joint Commission has released its Annual Report on Quality and Safety, and for the first time...

Joint Commission to launch E-App enhancements in October

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 36, September 2, 2011

    The Joint Commission has announced it will implement new enhancements to its electronic application...

What’s new with AHAP!

  • Accreditation Insider, Issue 34, August 23, 2011

    Your colleagues love to hear from you!

Joint Commission posts "Sudden Cardiac Arrest Initiatives" publication

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 34, August 19, 2011

    The Joint Commission unveiled this week a free PDF publication entitled “Sudden Cardiac...

First Primary Care Medical Home option awarded

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 34, August 19, 2011

    The Joint Commission has awarded the first Primary Care Medical Home (PCMH) award to AltaMed Health...

Joint Commission continues telemedicine discussion with CMS

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 33, August 12, 2011

    The Joint Commission stated this week that is has submitted proposed changes to its standards...

What’s new with AHAP!

  • Accreditation Insider, Issue 30, August 2, 2011

    The latest AHAP working group call on tracers was a great success! Thank you to all who joined in...

What’s new with AHAP!

  • Accreditation Insider, Issue 30, July 26, 2011

    The latest benchmarking report—with complete results and an executive summary— has...

Joint Commission seeks panel experts for critical access hospital project

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 30, July 22, 2011

    The Joint Commission is seeking panel members for its new project to assess and implement...

Field review opened for proposed revised EPs targeting pediatric care

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 29, July 15, 2011

    The Joint Commission on Friday opened up a field review of proposed revised and new Elements of...

Joint Commission aligns patient visitation rights requirements with CMS

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 29, July 15, 2011

    The Joint Commission has updated two Elements of Performance (EP) under its Patient Rights (RI...

Joint Commission announces improved E-App later in 2011

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 28, July 8, 2011

    The Joint Commission announced recently that its electronic application for accreditation (E-App...

AHAP launches benchmarking survey on tracers

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 26, June 24, 2011

    The Association for Healthcare Accreditation Professionals (AHAP) has launched its latest...

Joint Commission posts new FAQs for HR standards

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 22, May 24, 2011

    The Joint Commission has issued a new set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for its Human...

Comment period for Advanced Certification in Heart Failure Measures open

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 22, May 24, 2011

    The Joint Commission has announced that it is seeking comment on the proposed specifications for...

Greeley Reflections

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 22, May 24, 2011

    Each week, a senior consultant from The Greeley Company's Center for Healthcare Accreditation will...

Joint Commission announces launch of new Disease-Specific Careprogram

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 21, May 20, 2011

    The Joint Commission has announced that its latest Disease-Specific Care (DSC) certification...

Greeley Reflections

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 21, May 20, 2011

    Each week, a senior consultant from The Greeley Company's Center for Healthcare Accreditation will...

Greeley Reflections

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 20, May 13, 2011

    Each week, a senior consultant from The Greeley Company's Center for Healthcare Accreditation will...

Joint Commission seeks volunteer hospitals to test new performance measures

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 20, May 13, 2011

    The Joint Commission is in the process of developing Sudden Cardiac Arrest performance measures...

Greeley Reflections

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 17, April 22, 2011

    Each week, a senior consultant from The Greeley Company's Center for Healthcare Accreditation will...

Greeley Reflections

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 16, April 15, 2011

    Each week, a senior consultant from The Greeley Company's Center for Healthcare Accreditation will...

Joint Commission releases additional FAQs

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 15, April 8, 2011

    The Joint Commission has announced that several additional Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) have...

Greeley Reflections

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 15, April 8, 2011

    Each week, a senior consultant from The Greeley Company's Center for Healthcare Accreditation will...

From the AHAP Blog: Joint Commission to release update to manual in April

  • Accreditation Insider, Issue 14, April 5, 2011

    The Joint Commission announced this week that its annual “Update 1″ to its...

What’s new with AHAP!

  • Accreditation Insider, Issue 14, April 5, 2011

    Don’t miss out on the opportunity to network with other accreditation professionals from...

Joint Commission to release update to manual in April

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 14, April 1, 2011

    The Joint Commission announced this week that its annual "Update 1" to its accreditation...

Joint Commission posts new FAQs

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 14, April 1, 2011

    The Joint Commission has posted a significant number of new FAQs on the following topics...

Greeley Reflections

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 9, February 25, 2011

    Each week, a senior consultant from The Greeley Company's Center for Healthcare Accreditation will...

Greeley Reflections

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 8, February 17, 2011

    Each week, a senior consultant from The Greeley Company's Center for Healthcare Accreditation will...

What’s new with AHAP!

  • Accreditation Insider, Issue 7, February 15, 2011

    We are once again gearing up for our annual AHAP Conference, which will take place May 12-13 at...

AHAP sponsors conference giveaway

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 7, February 11, 2011

    The Association for Healthcare Accreditation Professionals (AHAP) announced this week that they...

Joint Commission updates sentinel event page

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 7, February 11, 2011

    The Joint Commission has updated its sentinel event statistics webpage with the latest statistics...

Greeley Reflections

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 7, February 11, 2011

    Each week, a senior consultant from The Greeley Company's Center for Healthcare Accreditation will...

What’s new with AHAP!

  • Accreditation Insider, Issue 6, February 8, 2011

    We are once again gearing up for our annual AHAP Conference, which will take place May 12-13 at...

New FAQ published for lab services standards

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 6, February 4, 2011

    The Joint Commission has published a new Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) clarifying a common point...

Greeley Reflections

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 5, January 28, 2011

    Each week, a senior consultant from The Greeley Company's Center for Healthcare Accreditation will...

Joint Commission to align with CMS changes to patient visitation CoPs

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 3, January 14, 2011

    CMS has recently updated its requirements under the Conditions of Participation (CoP) for patient...

Greeley Reflections

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 3, January 14, 2011

    Each week, a senior consultant from The Greeley Company's Center for Healthcare Accreditation will...

Greeley Reflections

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 2, January 7, 2011

    Each week, a senior consultant from The Greeley Company's Center for Healthcare Accreditation will...

What’s new with AHAP!

  • Accreditation Insider, Issue 1, January 4, 2011

    Keep an eye out for the downloadable version of the Survey Coordinator’s Handbook, 12th...

Joint Commission appoints new chief medical officer

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 1, December 29, 2010

    The Joint Commission has announced Ana Pujols-McKee, MD, will take on the role of the accrediting...

Center for Transforming Healthcare releases new video

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 1, December 29, 2010

    The Joint Commission’s Center for Transforming Healthcare has published a new online video...

Greeley Reflections

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 1, December 29, 2010

    Each week, a senior consultant from The Greeley Company's Center for Healthcare Accreditation will...

Joint Commission announces new lab standards in 2011

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 52, December 22, 2010

    Updated and revised laboratory standards have been announced by the Joint Commission. These changes...

Greeley Reflections

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 52, December 22, 2010

    Each week, a senior consultant from The Greeley Company's Center for Healthcare Accreditation will...

What’s new with AHAP!

  • Accreditation Insider, Issue 50, December 21, 2010

    We’ve launched our latest benchmarking survey, and this time we’re looking into Medical...

Field review for proposed VAP/CAUTI NPSGs

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 51, December 17, 2010

    The Joint Commission has opened 2012 National Patient Safety Goals (NSPG) for ventilator-associated...

Joint Commission announces revisions to medication reconciliation goal

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 51, December 17, 2010

    Medication reconciliation has received a facelift: revisions to the medication reconciliation...

Greeley Reflections

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 6, December 17, 2010

    Each week, a senior consultant from The Greeley Company's Center for Healthcare Accreditation will...

Joint Commissions announces revision to medication reconciliation goal

  • Accreditation Insider, Issue 49, December 14, 2010

    Medication reconciliation has received a facelift: revisions to the medication reconciliation...

What’s new with AHAP!

  • Accreditation Insider, Issue 49, December 14, 2010

    Take our latest benchmarking survey!

Greeley Reflections

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 50, December 8, 2010

    Each week, a senior consultant from The Greeley Company's Center for Healthcare Accreditation will...

What’s new with AHAP!

  • Accreditation Insider, Issue 48, December 7, 2010

    Save the date!

Joint Commission releases new website

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 49, December 1, 2010

    The Joint Commission has launched extensive upgrades to its website in order to improve access to...

Greeley Reflections

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 48, November 24, 2010

    Each week, a senior consultant from The Greeley Company's Center for Healthcare Accreditation will...

From the AHAP Blog: Joint Commission reduces full survey timeframe from 39 to 36 months

  • Accreditation Insider, Issue 46, November 23, 2010

    The Joint Commission will reduce the timeframe for surveys by three months. This new rule will go...

What’s new with AHAP!

  • Accreditation Insider, Issue 46, November 23, 2010

    Save the date!

Joint Commission reduces full survey timeframe from 39 to 36 months

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 47, November 19, 2010

    The Joint Commission will reduce the timeframe for surveys by three months. This new rule will go...

Greeley Reflections

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 47, November 19, 2010

    Each week, a senior consultant from The Greeley Company's Center for Healthcare Accreditation will...

What's new with AHAP!

  • Accreditation Insider, Issue 45, November 16, 2010

    Save the date!

Greeley Reflections

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 46, November 12, 2010

    Each week, a senior consultant from The Greeley Company's Center for Healthcare Accreditation will...

Joint Commission launches library of best practices

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 46, November 12, 2010

    The Joint Commission has launched the much-discussed “Leading Practice Library,” in...

Center for Transforming Healthcare announces leadership council

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 44, October 29, 2010

    The Joint Commission’s Center for Transforming Healthcare has announced the makeup of its new...

Greeley Reflections

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 43, October 22, 2010

    Each week, a senior consultant from The Greeley Company's Center for Healthcare Accreditation will...

2011 accreditation and certification categories

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 43, October 22, 2010

    The Joint Commission announced this week that new accreditation and certification decision...

What's new with AHAP!

  • Accreditation Insider, Issue 41, October 19, 2010

    Join us for our next AHAP working group call!

Greeley Reflections

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 42, October 15, 2010

    Each week, a senior consultant from The Greeley Company's Center for Healthcare Accreditation will...

What's new with AHAP!

  • Accreditation Insider, Issue 40, October 12, 2010

    Join us for our next AHAP working group call!

Greeley Reflections

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 41, October 8, 2010

    Each week, a senior consultant from The Greeley Company's Center for Healthcare Accreditation will...

Watch for Update 2

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 41, October 8, 2010

    The Joint Commission has stated that "Update 2" to its comprehensive manuals will mail in...

What's new with AHAP!

  • Accreditation Insider, Issue 39, October 5, 2010

    Join us for our next AHAP working group call!

Most cited standards updated

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 39, September 24, 2010

    The Joint Commission has provided its most challenging standards list for the first half of 2010...

Joint Commission launches Targeted Solutions Tool

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 38, September 17, 2010

    The Joint Commission has announced the launch of the Targeted Solutions Tool™ (TST), an...

Center for Transforming Healthcare hand hygiene compliance project

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 35, August 27, 2010

    The Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare has announced it will release a tool...

Staff Challenge of the Week: Environment of care

  • Accreditation Insider, Issue 34, August 24, 2010

    True or false: Hospitals should perform a risk assessment to determine what areas of the hospital...

Joint Commission releases new free monograph

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 32, August 6, 2010

    The Joint Commission has released its most recent free downloadable monograph. This document...

Learn methods to improve continual readiness

  • Briefings on The Joint Commission, Issue 7, July 1, 2010

    Sometimes, it’s all about implementation. When Northwest Texas Healthcare System (NWTHS) in...

It's time to dust off staffing effectiveness: Take steps to prepare for the July 1 implementation date

  • Briefings on The Joint Commission, Issue 7, July 1, 2010

    On July 1, The Joint Commission resumed surveying for the new version of staffing effectiveness...

Keeping up with education and training with The Joint Commission and CMS

  • Briefings on The Joint Commission, Issue 7, July 1, 2010

    Education and training for hospital staff has always been time-consuming and costly for both...

Briefings on The Joint Commission June 2010

  • Briefings on The Joint Commission, Issue 6, June 1, 2010

    Inside: Start from the beginning Focused Professional Practice Evaluation: Keep it simple Joint...

Focused Professional Practice Evaluation: Keep it simple

  • Briefings on The Joint Commission, Issue 6, June 1, 2010

    In 2007, The Joint Commission issued the Focused Professional Practice Evaluation (FPPE) standard...

MS.01.01.01 changes spell end to standard controversy

  • Briefings on The Joint Commission, Issue 6, June 1, 2010

    For years, the Medical Staff standard MS.01.01.01 has been a battleground for hospitals—an...

Briefings on The Joint Commission May 2010

  • Briefings on The Joint Commission, Issue 5, May 1, 2010

    Every month, Briefings on The Joint Commission brings you the latest news in Joint Commission...

Hospital uses pocket-sized handout to improve core measures compliance

  • Briefings on The Joint Commission, Issue 5, May 1, 2010

    Core measures—they’re a part of the fabric of hospital life, particularly given their...

A look at CMS' newest anesthesia standards

  • Briefings on The Joint Commission, Issue 5, May 1, 2010

    The new guidelines contain information on the supervision of a certified registered nurse...

Demystifying Ongoing Professional Practice Evaluation

  • Briefings on The Joint Commission, Issue 5, May 1, 2010

    In 2007, when The Joint Commission issued the Ongoing Professional Practice Evaluation (OPPE...

Ongoing safety assessment in the psychiatric milieu

  • Briefings on The Joint Commission, Issue 5, May 1, 2010

    National Patient Safety Goal NPSG.15.01.01 requires that patients being treated for emotional or...

MS.01.01.01: Revisions to standard receive approval

  • Briefings on The Joint Commission, Issue 5, May 1, 2010

    Medical Staff standard MS.01.01.01 has undergone quite a journey over the years. The standard, once...

Briefings on The Joint Commission April 2010

  • Briefings on The Joint Commission, Issue 4, April 1, 2010

    Every month, Briefings on The Joint Commission brings you the latest news in Joint Commission...

Joint Commission Survey Activity Guide for Hospitals

  • Briefings on The Joint Commission, Issue 4, April 1, 2010

    Did you happen to note that the Survey Activity Guide (SAG) was last updated by The Joint...

A look at CMS' newest anesthesia standards

  • Briefings on The Joint Commission, Issue 4, April 1, 2010

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published revised interpretive guidelines...

Issues surrounding the PPR

  • Briefings on The Joint Commission, Issue 4, April 1, 2010

    The Periodic Performance Review (PPR) is an annual self-assessment process aimed at supporting...

Applying standards to pharmaceutical management of ectopic pregnancy

  • Briefings on The Joint Commission, Issue 4, April 1, 2010

    Ectopic pregnancy will be used throughout this article to illustrate some of the 2010 standards...

Slow year for wage increases for survey coordinators

  • Briefings on The Joint Commission, Issue 4, April 1, 2010

    In a year that saw budgets cut, travel expenses slashed, and jobs lost, it is unsurprising to...

Briefings on The Joint Commission March 2010

  • Briefings on The Joint Commission, Issue 3, March 1, 2010

    Every month, Briefings on The Joint Commission brings you the latest news in Joint Commission...

Standards changes and deeming CMS requirements: what this means to hospitals

  • Briefings on The Joint Commission, Issue 3, March 1, 2010

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Flash sterilization: Back to basics

  • Briefings on The Joint Commission, Issue 3, March 1, 2010

    Imagine this scenario: The Joint Commission surveyor arrives in the surgical services suite and...

Hospital educates patients on dangers of PAD

  • Briefings on The Joint Commission, Issue 3, March 1, 2010

    Hospitals look for ways to improve patient education all the time. Once in a while, this education...

Staffing effectiveness in 2010: The interim standards

  • Briefings on The Joint Commission, Issue 3, March 1, 2010

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Briefings on The Joint Commission February 2010

  • Briefings on The Joint Commission, Issue 2, February 1, 2010

    Every month, Briefings on The Joint Commission brings you the latest news in Joint Commission...

Joint Commission top-cited standards: Toughest challenges of the year

  • Briefings on The Joint Commission, Issue 2, February 1, 2010

    The Joint Commission officially announced the most-cited standards for the first half of 2009 and...

Risk assessments for unclear standards

  • Briefings on The Joint Commission, Issue 2, February 1, 2010

    When the Joint Commission released its "Power Pack" on medication storage it suggested at...

CMS approves Joint Commission's application for deeming authority

  • Briefings on The Joint Commission, Issue 2, February 1, 2010

    The Joint Commission’s hospital accreditation program has been approved for continued deeming...

Joint Commission releases new survey development process

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 3, January 18, 2010

    Relief will come to those facilities waiting for their unannounced survey from The Joint...

Key methods for simplifying medication storage

  • Briefings on The Joint Commission, Issue 1, January 1, 2010

    Collective experience from The Greeley Company’s consultants supports the Joint...

‘Going to Gemba’—an accreditation specialist relates how Lean Six Sigma experience can work in healthcare

  • Briefings on The Joint Commission, Issue 1, January 1, 2010

    As a healthcare accreditation consultant and quality management professional, I have been exposed...

Targeting trouble areas with Six Sigma tactics shows major results

  • Briefings on The Joint Commission, Issue 1, January 1, 2010

    Let’s throw a pair of numbers out there: 26% and 3%. Those are the percentages for emergency...

NPSGs in 2010: A look at the retained goals

  • Briefings on The Joint Commission, Issue 12, December 1, 2009

    There are significant changes in the NPSG, many of which are refreshing. The intent in making these...

Facility cuts timelines, develops a standardized pain tool

  • Briefings on The Joint Commission, Issue 12, December 1, 2009

    There are various ways pain can be measured by hospital staff members, depending on the...

Hand hygiene rates improved through variety of reinforcement styles

  • Briefings on The Joint Commission, Issue 12, December 1, 2009

    It takes more than one method to bring a hospital’s hand hygiene compliance rate up over 90...

Taking a quick look at the 2009 NPSGs

  • Briefings on The Joint Commission, Issue 11, November 1, 2009

    So far, so good. The release of the 2010 National Patient Safety Goals (NPSG) rolled back some of...

Joint Commission looks at culture, improvements

  • Briefings on The Joint Commission, Issue 11, November 1, 2009

    The Joint Commission has made significant steps to improve its performance and culture in 2009, the...

Joint Commission’s role in internal quality data

  • Briefings on The Joint Commission, Issue 11, November 1, 2009

    In a world where a consumer can collect encyclopedic knowledge on a car or home electronics...

Joint Commission stroke certification update

  • Briefings on The Joint Commission, Issue 11, November 1, 2009

    Q: Are there additional factors to monitor outside of the required stroke center measures?

The many variations of CHF discharge instructions

  • Briefings on The Joint Commission, Issue 10, October 1, 2009

    When patients come into the hospital with an illness or health problem, staff members must do all...

When multiple disease- specific care surveys arrive

  • Briefings on The Joint Commission, Issue 10, October 1, 2009

    On the upside, disease-specific care (DSC) certification surveys provide a little more notice for...

Maintain survey readiness: A primer

  • Briefings on The Joint Commission, Issue 9, September 1, 2009

    Once your survey is completed, your work has just begun. You must keep the momentum going and stay...

MS.01.01.01: A step forward or a return to older methods?

  • Briefings on The Joint Commission, Issue 9, September 1, 2009

    The standard formerly known as MS.1.20 is on the move again. The Joint Commission opened up the...

Greeley Reflections

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 35, August 24, 2009

    Each week, a senior consultant from The Greeley Company's Center for Healthcare Accreditation will...

Trio of steps for survey prep

  • Briefings on The Joint Commission, Issue 8, August 1, 2009

    After reading this article, you will be able to: Describe the J-Day Blitz List concept...

Medication error prevention: Defeating work-arounds

  • Briefings on The Joint Commission, Issue 8, August 1, 2009

    After reading this article, you will be able to: Identify common medication errors Explain...

Flu pandemic preparation: What does your facility need to know?

  • Briefings on The Joint Commission, Issue 8, August 1, 2009

    Editor’s note: This feature explores problematic Joint Commission standards with expert...

Survey prep: Identify the most frustrating standards

  • Briefings on The Joint Commission, Issue 7, July 1, 2009

    According to an old Chinese proverb, it is better to sweat more during peace and bleed less during...

Standard of the month: Making tracers work for you

  • Briefings on The Joint Commission, Issue 7, July 1, 2009

    Tracer methodology, used by The Joint Commission since 2004, has increased the focus on the patient...

Unannounced survey monitor: Hospital lives and learns through mistakes

  • Briefings on The Joint Commission, Issue 7, July 1, 2009

    In January 2006, Rehabilitation Hospital of the Cape and Islands (RHCI) in East Sandwich, MA, had...

Briefings on The Joint Commission June 2009

  • Briefings on The Joint Commission, Issue 6, June 1, 2009

    Every month, Briefings on The Joint Commission brings you the latest news in Joint Commission...

Putting a stop to ventilator-associated pneumonia

  • Briefings on The Joint Commission, Issue 6, June 1, 2009

    For a long time, ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) had been viewed as an unavoidable evil...

Sight gags abound in patient safety "room of horrors"

  • Briefings on The Joint Commission, Issue 6, June 1, 2009

    Propped up on a pillow, wearing a baseball hat and a pink cast on his ankle, the patient is...

Two-day survey turns into nine-hour success

  • Briefings on The Joint Commission, Issue 6, June 1, 2009

    Brattleboro (VT) Retreat, a freestanding psychiatric hospital, was expecting its most recent...

Q&A with MARSHA BARNDEN: Answers to your questions about infection control issues

  • Briefings on The Joint Commission, Issue 5, May 1, 2009

    I am looking for policies and procedures on insertion of central lines at the bedside, especially...

Greeley Survey Solutions: Tips to meeting infection control milestones

  • Briefings on The Joint Commission, Issue 5, May 1, 2009

    In 2009, three infection control goals were added to the National Patient Safety Goals list...

New York hospital aims to eliminate MRSA cases

  • Briefings on The Joint Commission, Issue 5, May 1, 2009

    When Rochester (NY) General Health System determined to cut down on methicillin-resistant...

Weighing accreditation options

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 18, April 17, 2009

    It has been a little more than six months since Det Norske Veritas (DNV) was awarded hospital...

Scoring guidelines released for revised Joint Commission standards

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 17, April 10, 2009

    Accreditation professionals across the country have known for months that revisions to Joint...

Hospital prepares for accreditation survey, sheds troubled past

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 17, April 10, 2009

    For a number of years, Nassau University Medical Center in Long Island, has been beset upon by...

Washington hospital moves to DNV accreditation

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 16, April 3, 2009

    For one Washington hospital, making the move from Joint Commission accreditation to DNV Healthcare...

AHAP giveaway continues

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 16, April 3, 2009

    The Association for Healthcare Accreditation Professionals (AHAP) continues its contest for free...

Briefings on The Joint Commission April 2009

  • Briefings on The Joint Commission, Issue 4, April 1, 2009

    Every month, Briefings on The Joint Commission brings you the latest news in Joint Commission...

Weighing accreditation options

  • Briefings on The Joint Commission, Issue 4, April 1, 2009

    Reports from the field indicate that validation surveys by state surveyors on behalf of CMS are...

Establish compliance with new and revised 2009 standards

  • Briefings on The Joint Commission, Issue 4, April 1, 2009

    Community Memorial Hospital (CMH) in Hicksville, OH, was expecting The Joint Commission sometime in...

Joint Commission revises January 5 changes

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 15, March 27, 2009

    The Joint Commission has announced changes to the 2009 standards revisions originally released...

AHAP contest heats up

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 15, March 27, 2009

    The Association for Healthcare Accreditation Professionals (AHAP) has sponsored a contest for free...

Cameras help rural sites meet med management compliance needs

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 10, March 6, 2009

    Medication management compliance is difficult enough, but when you are trying to comply while...

Stimulus package to benefit use of electronic medical records

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 9, February 27, 2009

    The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 will include financial incentives promoting the...

Should the government fund evacuation plans?

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 9, February 27, 2009

    A new report by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) suggests that the federal...

Clarifying processes for patient identifiers

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 9, February 27, 2009

    Q. Our cardiopulmonary staff members have a short period of time to perform EKGs on patients coming...

Fall assessment policy raises the bar

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 8, February 20, 2009

    In summer 2006, Bellin Home Health Care in Green Bay, WI, created a tool to assess patients&rsquo...

Texas hospital streamlines ED procedures following Joint Commission visit

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 7, February 13, 2009

    Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, TX, has announced major improvements to its emergency...

Hospital rises again after near-collapse

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 7, February 13, 2009

    Two years after it lost its accreditation and its own physicians were writing to the city to warn...

Canadian study finds disparities in hand washing recommendations

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 7, February 13, 2009

    A recent discussion between Ontario and federal officials uncovered disparities in the amount of...

A look at Joint Commission scoring 101

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 7, February 13, 2009

    During its Standards Improvement Initiative, The Joint Commission’s goal was to review its...

2009 John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality nomination forms posted

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 6, February 6, 2009

    Applications and nominations for the 2009 John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Awards are...

Death rate 27% lower in America’s top rated hospitals

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 5, January 30, 2009

    According to a recent survey conducted by HealthGrades, an independent healthcare ratings...

Mock surveys make a difference in staff education

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 5, January 30, 2009

    Constructing a tracer process from scratch for a 645-bed hospital is no simple matter, but that was...

LD.03.01.01: Leadership evaluation of culture of safety

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 4, January 23, 2009

    Q. The new leadership standard LD.03.01.01 says leaders regularly evaluate the culture of safety...

Joint Commission survey brings positive insight to hospital's policies and procedures

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 3, January 15, 2009

    When Joint Commission surveyors came to St. Luke’s Hospital in Chesterfield, MO, the morning...

AHRQ distributes planning model for emergency evacuations

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 1, January 2, 2009

    The Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research (AHRQ) has made available a new evacuation planning...

Building a better FPPE program

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 51, December 18, 2008

    When The Joint Commission implemented focused professional practice evaluations (FPPE) in January...

Hospital makes staff preparedness a priority

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 49, December 4, 2008

    Early on September 15, The Joint Commission posted on its extranet news that surveyors would be...

Joint Commission report shows improvements in safety and quality

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 49, November 26, 2008

    American hospitals have demonstrated significant gains in patient safety and quality of care over...

Immediate-threat-to-life situations in 2009

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 49, November 26, 2008

    With the introduction of Life Safety Code® (LSC) surveyors to The Joint Commission’s...

Spotlight on pain management

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 47, November 7, 2008

    The Joint Commission has brought a renewed focus to the area of pain management with its recently...

Lab decisions to no longer affect hospital decisions

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 47, November 7, 2008

    The Joint Commission announced this week that, under a new Joint Commission policy, laboratory...

FAQ released on NPSG.01.01.01, Universal Protocol

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 47, November 7, 2008

    The Joint Commission has released an FAQ on National Patient Safety Goal NPSG.01.01.01. The FAQ...

Executive Briefings: CAMH, numbering changes top RFIs

  • Briefings on The Joint Commission, Issue 11, November 1, 2008

    After reading this article, you will be able to: Discuss the new numbering system used in...

2009 scoring changes: A look at clarifications, thresholds, and more

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 46, October 31, 2008

    The Joint Commission in August announced a new scoring system for its hospital accreditation...

Universal Protocol in 2009

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 45, October 24, 2008

    Q. Why is The Joint Commission now saying that, beginning in 2009, surgical timeouts should ideally...

Universal Protocol, surgical timeouts, and EPs for 2009

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 44, October 16, 2008

    Q. Why is The Joint Commission now saying that, beginning in 2009, surgical timeouts should ideally...

Know the medication management standards

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 43, October 10, 2008

    The Medication Management chapter is set up to reflect the continuum of the process, from...

2009 scoring changes: A look at clarifications, thresholds, and more

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 42, October 3, 2008

    The Joint Commission in August announced a new scoring system for its hospital accreditation...

2009 scoring changes: A look at clarifications, thresholds, and more

  • Briefings on The Joint Commission, Issue 10, October 1, 2008

    The Joint Commission in August announced a new scoring system for its hospital accreditation...

Leadership chapter changes: Defining top roles, relationships

  • Briefings on The Joint Commission, Issue 10, October 1, 2008

    As of January 1, 2009, a revised Leadership standards chapter takes effect, detailing requirements...

Know the medication management standards

  • Briefings on The Joint Commission, Issue 10, October 1, 2008

    The Medication Management chapter is set up to reflect the continuum of the process, from...

Universal Protocol, surgical timeouts, and EPs for 2009

  • Briefings on The Joint Commission, Issue 10, October 1, 2008

    Q. Why is The Joint Commission now saying that, beginning in 2009, surgical timeouts should ideally...

Understand new rules for reporting restraint deaths

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 41, September 26, 2008

    CMS revised the new Interpretive Guidelines for hospitals in April. The changes were not...

Hospitals hesitant to help docs with EMR

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 40, September 19, 2008

    Hospitals are frequently slow to help physicians purchase electronic medical record (EMR) systems...

SII Phase II chapters available for review

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 39, September 12, 2008

    The Joint Commission has released several chapters for public review as part of its Standard...

Travel ticket helps New Jersey facility improve handoffs

  • Accreditation Connection, Issue 38, September 8, 2008

    Sometimes, it’s all about the journey, not the destination. And in hospitals, the journey a...

Travel ticket helps New Jersey facility improve handoffs

  • Briefings on The Joint Commission, Issue 9, September 1, 2008

    Sometimes, it's all about the journey, not the destination. And in hospitals, the journey a patient...