The Joint Commission has awarded hospital accreditation to Nash Hospitals and home care accreditation to Hospice and Palliative Care of Nash General Hospital. The accreditation was the result of a week-long survey, which was conducted in October, 2011.
Healthcare providers who wish to qualify for Joint Commission approval much meet comprehensive on-site evaluation and compliance with nationally developed standards for quality care. The latest addition for hospice care facilities is Houston Solari Hospice Care’s home care program and Inpatient Hospice Home. They have earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval.
The Joint Commission issued alert that highlights the hazards of health care worker fatigue and offers strategies to mitigate it. The alert listed nine steps providers can take to lower the risk of harm, including redesigning work schedules, educating staff about the dangers of long hours and encouraging a culture of safety.
The Joint Commission released its first list of top hospitals, using metrics meant to track quality of care. The list skewed small and rural hospitals. The metrics measure how well hospitals carry out processes of care that the group thinks should be standard for all patients with certain diagnoses. Examples include giving a person who is having a heart attack aspirin upon arrival at the hospital or the use of corticosteroids in children admitted with asthma. Continue reading Joint Commission Releases Top Hospital List
Ambulatory care health care leaders will gather in Chicago October 4-5, 2011, for The Joint Commission’s 16th Annual Ambulatory Care Conference. The conference will focus on discovering strategies to demonstrate quality of care to payers, regulatory agencies, and managed care organizations. The program is sponsored by Joint Commission Resources. Continue reading Joint Commission Ambulatory Care Accreditation Conference Oct. 4-5
Diagnostic tools are an important component of medical care. However, over-reliance on certain tools is a cause for concern. The Joint Commission issued a sentinel event alert on diagnostic radiation in medical imaging, urging doctors to pay greater attention to the long-term hazards of repeated X-ray exposures.
In the alert, the Oak Park, Ill.-based health care accreditation group suggested a handful of strategies, such as swapping X-ray based scans for ultrasound or MRI, when appropriate, and adhering to dose-lowering guidelines put out by the American College of Radiology and other medical societies. Continue reading Sentinel Alert on Repeated Xray Exposure
SwedishAmerican Health System, including SwedishAmerican Hospital, SwedishAmerican Medical Center/Belvidere, SwedishAmerican Home Health, and SwedishAmerican Medical Group clinics, has received accreditation from the Joint Commission as a result of its demonstrated compliance with The Joint Commission’s nationally recognized health care standards.
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What’s the Joint Commission targeting these days? Hand offs continue to be an issue in medical care and JC has incorporated steps in an attempt to reduce the number of problems associated with patient handoffs.