About 75% of workplace assaults occur in the healthcare and social service sector each year, and healthcare workers are four times more likely than others to take time off because of violence-related injuries. The Joint Commission is the latest healthcare heavy-hitter to call for better...
Briefings on Accreditation & Quality - Volume 29, Issue 6
Kettering Health Network (KHN) is a non-profit network of eight hospitals, 10 emergency centers, and over 120 outpatient facilities in southwest Ohio. In 2016, the network reported more than 1 million outpatient visits, nearly 62,000 patient discharges, and about 315,000 emergency visits. KHN...
Briefings on Accreditation & Quality - Volume 29, Issue 5
If you thought The Joint Commission and other accrediting organizations (AO) were already under the proverbial gun from CMS, get ready—the House Energy and Commerce committee is launching an investigation into hospital patient safety.
Briefings on Accreditation & Quality - Volume 29, Issue 4
On July 1, 2018, The Joint Commission will implement three new elements of performance (EP) for maternity care. The announcement, which came in the latest R3 Report, is intended to reduce the risk of transmitting diseases like HIV and syphilis from mother to newborn.
Briefings on Accreditation & Quality - Volume 29, Issue 3
A working relationship with law enforcement is key to the safety, efficacy, and wellbeing of everyone in the hospital: providers and patients. That said, hospitals and law enforcement have different goals. And while the two usually work well together, they can find themselves at odds.
Briefings on Accreditation & Quality - Volume 29, Issue 2
The difference between being accredited as a hospital or as an outpatient center can mean a difference of thousands of dollars in revenue when billing Medicare. And if you are a smaller, specialty hospital or an outlying facility that is part of a larger health system, be prepared .CMS and other...
Briefings on Accreditation & Quality - Volume 29, Issue 1
The 2017 Chicago session of The Joint Commission’s annual Executive Briefings saw a far-ranging discussion on the future of accreditation. Attendees from around the country came and listened to the latest news on risk assessments, the SAFER Matrix, documentation, and suicide prevention.
Briefings on Accreditation & Quality - Volume 28, Issue 11
This September, a Missouri hospital found out the hard way that when not addressed quickly, restraint and seclusion deficiencies can threaten a hospital’s ability to remain open, as well as who keeps their job.
Briefings on Accreditation & Quality - Volume 28, Issue 10
There’s no more excuses for getting ready to meet the new emergency preparedness Conditions of Participation (CoP). The final version of the rules came out in late June, and surveyors with CMS and The Joint Commission will begin assessing compliance with the new emergency...