Accreditation

Publicly released survey results increase transparency

Briefings on Accreditation and Quality, October 1, 2007

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Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) in Boston recently did what has been considered something of a taboo among hospitals until now-the facility made public The Joint Commission's (formerly JCAHO) report after an unannounced survey. The report, available online at http://bidmc.harvard.edu/default.asp?node_id=10187 and through BIDMC CEO Paul Levy's blog (http://runningahospital.blogspot.com/2007/08/our-joint-commission-report.html#links), reveals eight areas of improvement, including: Medication reconciliation History and physical examinations Medication storage Several infrastructure items These points are among the most common RFIs nationwide, and the decision to make the report public has garnered much commentary in the media. Levy also published his letter to BIDMC's staff discussing the report in his publicly accessible blog.

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