Posted on - 10/15/2016


Joint Commission says "Bullying has no place in health care" 

  (OAKBROOK TERRACE, Ill. – October 4, 2016) The Joint Commission today launched an online resource center dedicated to preventing workplace violence in health care settings. The resource center, “Workplace Violence Prevention Resources,” provides a broad range of resources for health care organizations, health care professionals and the general public. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE

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Posted on - 09/27/2016

Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) ,a drug withdrawal syndrome that newborns infants experienced  after birth as a result of being exposed to opioids while in the womb.The newborn exposed to this condition displays multiple symptoms such as hyperirritability, excessive crying, poor sleep, poor feeding, diarrhea, hypertonia and tremors,poor sucking reflex, and in some cases, seizures shortly after  birth.To learn more click  here

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Posted on - 08/27/2016

The Joint Commission awards first Community-Based Palliative Care Certification to MJHS

MJHS, a nonprofit health system in New York, is the first health care organization in the nation to receive The Joint Commission’s new Community-Based Palliative Care (CBPC) Certification, which demonstrates MJHS’s commitment to providing high quality, community-based palliative care to patients and families in their home.To learn more Click here
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Posted on - 08/27/2016

CDC funding health departments, labs $67 million to curb antibiotic resistance


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently announced it is providing $67 million to help health departments tackle antibiotic resistance and other patient safety threats, including healthcare-associated infections. 

The funding is available through the CDC’s Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity for Infectious Diseases Cooperative Agreement (ELC), and it is to support seven new regional laboratories with specialized capabilities, which will allow for rapid detection and identification of emerging antibiotic-resistant strains.

The funds are to be distributed to the following 64 grantees:

  • All 50 state health departments
  • Six of the nation’s largest local health departments (Chicago, the District of Columbia, Houston, Los Angeles County, New York City and Philadelphia)
  • Eight territories or U.S. affiliates, including U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Guam

According to the CDC, every state health department lab will be able to test for carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (also known as “nightmare bacteria”) and work toward performing whole genome sequencing on intestinal bacteria, including SalmonellaShigella and many Campylobacter. Click here to read more


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Posted on - 06/20/2016

The Joint Commission recently announced revisions to requirements for Advanced Certification in Heart Failure (ACHF) that become effective Jan. 1, 2017.

During a recent evaluation of the ACHF program, Joint Commission staff referenced and reviewed the 2013 American College of Cardiology Foundation/American Heart Association Guideline for the Management of Heart Failure.

Revisions made to strengthen the program include:

  • Incorporated Class I recommendations from the 2013 ACCF/AHA Guideline - including guideline-directed medical therapy, diagnostic testing, and device therapy - into Delivering or Facilitating Clinical Care standard DSDF.3 elements of performance (EPs) 2 and 3.
  • Increased the focus on transitions from inpatient to outpatient care, including making the plan of care available to all members of the team. This is addressed in standard DSDF.4 EP 8, and Clinical Information Management standard DSCT.4 EP 2.

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