We hope you find the following resources helpful for your ongoing compliance with TJC and CMS requirements. We have included articles from the current issue of our newsletter as well as access to our newsletter archives and useful Industry Links for Behavioral Healthcare.

To read articles written prior to January 2015, please view our Newsletter Archive.

 

Barrins & Associates is pleased to welcome our new client Black Bear Lodge located in the foothills of northern Georgia. Black Bear Lodge offers a holistic model of integrated substance abuse and mental health treatment and is working toward initial Joint Commission accreditation. The program is part of Foundations Recovery Network with headquarters in Nashville, Tennessee.
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Be aware that effective January 2014 TJC will no longer be mailing complimentary hard copies of the standards manuals and standards updates to accredited organizations. Standards manuals and standards updates will be available to accredited organizations via E-dition (the electronic version of the standards) on their Joint Commission Connect extranet site. (See December 2013 TJC […]
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During surveys of inpatient psychiatric units (and sometimes in residential programs) TJC surveyors continue to cite suicide risks they identify in the environment. Commonly occurring issues are plastic trash can liners, loopable hardware in bedrooms and bathrooms, and non-breakaway fixtures in closets and showers. When these risks are identified, the surveyor typically asks if the […]
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Barrins & Associates is pleased to welcome our new client Haven Behavioral Hospital of Philadelphia which offers specialized inpatient psychiatric treatment for older adults. The hospital is part of Haven Behavioral Healthcare Inc. which specializes in the treatment of seniors experiencing psychiatric or behavioral problems. Haven BH Hospital of Philadelphia recently achieved the gold standard of TJC […]
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We were pleased to represent Barrins & Associates at The Joint Commission’s first forum for consultants who work with healthcare organizations. The Consultants Forum was held on February 13th at TJC headquarters in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois. The focus of the forum was to discuss issues of mutual interest to consultants, TJC and accredited organizations. Presentations […]
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There is a standard tucked into the TJC Human Resources chapter that seems innocuous at first reading but frequently causes challenges on surveys. The standard is HR.01.06.01 Element of Performance # 3 in both the Behavioral Health and Hospital manuals: “Staff with the educational background, experience, or knowledge related to the skills being reviewed assess […]
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Bienvenidos Children’s Center  is headquartered in Los Angeles, California. Bienvenidos provides a wide range of mental health, community services, foster care and medical services to children and families at 11 locations in the greater Los Angeles area. Bienvenidos is planning for initial Joint Commission accreditation and we are pleased to be working with them on […]
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Tranquil Shores in Madeira Beach, Florida specializes in an Integrative Recovery Model to treat alcohol and substance abuse. Services include outpatient substance abuse treatment and transitional housing with a focus on long term recovery. Tranquil Shoresis planning for initial Joint Commission accreditation and we are pleased to be working with them on that effort.
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Congratulations to our client Fred Finch Youth Center headquartered in Oakland, California who recently achieved their initial Joint Commission accreditation! Fred Finch Youth Center offers an extensive range of mental health and social services to children, adolescents and families in the San Francisco Bay area and also in San Diego. Congratulations to Fred Finch Youth Center on achieving […]
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For several years, there was a requirement in the TJC standards for organizations to conduct an annual proactive risk assessment referred to as a Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA). The requirements for proactive risk assessment have evolved over the past few years and we frequently get questions about whether a FMEA is still required. […]
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