Environmentally sustainable healthcare is not only a patient safety issue but can also save hospitals money in the long run, said executives with The Joint Commission (TJC) in introducing a new certification program during its annual Executive Briefing, held September 20.
In the coming year, hospitals accredited by The Joint Commission will see more on-site complaint surveys, plus more focus on their progress regarding health equity and environmental sustainability. But they might also see fewer and more efficient standard requirements.
With the scarcity of many drugs reaching an all-time high, 99% of hospital pharmacists surveyed recently said they were seeing shortages, and a third of those said the shortages were having a critical impact on healthcare.
Sit down with pharmacy leadership and review section-by-section compliance with the revised U.S. Pharmacopeia (USP) standards on medication compounding because The Joint Commission (TJC), the Accreditation Commission for Healthcare (ACHC), and other accrediting organizations will assess...
It can be frustrating to see safety issues go unnoticed or unattended, especially after they have been reported. The apparent roadblocks to solutions may be a lack of funds, busy or disinterested leadership, or even a poor culture of safety. There are steps you can take, however, which can help...
Review the latest recommendations for controlling methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, more commonly known as MRSA, with your infection prevention and control team as well as your medical staff leadership.
A new CMS Quality, Safety & Oversight group memo on suicide prevention urges hospitals to go above and beyond to help protect patients from themselves. Accrediting organizations like ACHC and TJC cite resources and offer tools to help.
CMS is worried that hospitals have too much advance notice of when surveyors will be on the premises to audit patient safety practices and identify problems, including those found while investigating patient complaints.
Keep required documents up to date and ready for surveyors, and have someone within the hospital leadership team available to come in on short notice once your hospital is within six months of its triennial survey date.