Perfect performance on heart failure measures does not lower mortality rate

Performing perfectly on four core heart failure care measures monitored and publicly reported by the Joint Commission and recommended by the American Heart Association results in reduced readmission rates, but does not impact mortality rates for heart failure, according to MedPage Today.
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The Joint Commission releases a tool to improve patient hand-offs

The Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare is releasing a new Hand-off Communications Targeted Solutions Toolto assist health care organizations with the process of passing necessary and critical information about a patient from one caregiver to the next, or from one team of caregivers to another, to prevent miscommunication-related errors, according to a press release.
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Joint Commission announces target solution for improving patient hand-offs

Health care organizations have long struggled with the process of passing necessary and critical information about a patient from one caregiver to the next, or from one team of caregivers to another. The Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare announced targeted solutions for its project on improving the quality of hand-off communications.
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Perinatal Care Core Measures added for Joint Commission hospitals

Joint Commission accredited hospitals will now be able to report on a set of perinatal care core measures to meet Joint Commission accreditation requirements, according to an announcement on its official Web site. Replacing the existing pregnancy and related conditions measure set, data collection for the perinatal care measure set will begin in April 2010.

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The Joint Commission updates sentinel event statistics

The Joint Commission’s sentinel event statistics have been updated on the Web site. Since the sentinel event database was implemented in January 1995 through September 30, 2009, The Joint Commission has reviewed 6,428 sentinel events. A total of 6,567 patients were affected by these events, with 4,441, or 68 percent, resulting in patient death.

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The Joint Commission announces 2010 National Patient Safety Goals

The Joint Commission has revised the 2010 NPSGs and some changes are effective immediately. While no new NPSGs have been developed for 2010, on January 1, 2010, organizations will be expected to have fully implemented the requirements related to health care-associated infections (which were established with the 2009 NPSGs).

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