The Joint Commission Tries To Lead Hospital Leaders

Paul Levy

Posted 1/23/12 on Not Running A Hospital

I was intrigued to read of a new standard, effective July 1, 2012, adopted by The Joint Commission regarding the need for hospital leaders to create and maintain a culture of safety and quality throughout a hospital.  Here it is:

I do not know how to find the previous standard for this topic, so I don’t know how different it is.  But this one seems to reflect comments made in the past by JC president Mark Chassin that the industry needs to get better creating and maintaining a true culture of process improvement.  For example, an article by him and Jerod Loeb in Health Affairs centers on this topic.  In a town hall meeting back on April 13, 2011, Mark also noted:

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Who’s on First?

Paul Levy

First published 4/18/11 on [Not] Running a Hospital

This story about the Joint Commission in the Boston Globe is disheartening.

The lede: The national organization that accredits hospitals will tackle the failure of medical staff to respond to patient alarms, making it a top priority this year.

But the real story is the failure of the Joint Commission to address this issue in a comprehensive and thorough manner. Indeed, it seems to have dropped the ball:

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