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Many providers fall short on hand hygiene, The Joint Commission says.
Many providers fall short on hand hygiene, The Joint Commission says.

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.

These long-term care operators in the major government insurance programs did not comply with the hand hygiene guidelines from the World Health Organization or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, The Joint Commission found.

The survey included about one-sixth of the providers accredited by The Joint Commission's program for Medicare/Medicaid long-term care operators, a spokeswoman told McKnight's.