The Joint Commission

Kaba joins Joint Commission

Kaba joins Joint Commission

Michael W. Kaba, MBA, MS, has joined The Joint Commission as its chief human resources officer. He began June 29.

Hand washing takes a break

Hand washing takes a break

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A third of Medicare/Medicaid-certified long-term care providers surveyed by The Joint Commission during the first half of this year didn't meet basic hand hygiene requirements, according to recent data.

New protocol for long-term care pharmacies will bolster quality, accreditor says

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The Accreditation Commission for Health Care has released new standards for long-term care pharmacies. The standards are based on regulations from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention and other "pertinent organizations and authorities," ACHC announced July 17.

CMS should confirm its opposition to deemed status for nursing homes, consumer advocates urge

CMS should confirm its opposition to deemed status for nursing homes, consumer advocates urge

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Independent accrediting organizations currently are not allowed to grant skilled nursing facilities "deemed status" as Medicare providers, and a prominent long-term care advocacy group wants the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to continue the status quo when issuing a forthcoming regulation.

A credit to the accreditor

A credit to the accreditor

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After more than two decades rising through the ranks at the Joint Commission, Gina Zimmermann's career can partially be ascribed to ethics instilled by her parents.

Voluntary accreditation improves nursing home culture of safety, study finds

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Nursing homes that are voluntarily accredited by The Joint Commission say they have a more robust culture of resident safety than non-accredited facilities, new study results disseminated by the group suggests.

Move to improve residents' quality of life a welcome development

Move to improve residents' quality of life a welcome development

Enhanced standards from The Joint Commission complement new guidance from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Both emphasize improving the quality of life of long-term care residents.