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.

 

First Steps Recovery in Clovis, California, offers drug/alcohol detox and residential services through its Wilderness Treatment Services.
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TaraVista Behavioral Health Center in Devens, Massachusetts, is a freestanding psychiatric hospital providing inpatient treatment for adults.
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TJC has approved revisions to the standard in the Behavioral Health manual related to outcomes measurement. The revisions require BH organizations to assess outcomes of care, treatment, or services by using a standardized tool and go into effect January 1, 2018.
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In our October 2016 newsletter, we covered the new TJC requirements on antimicrobial stewardship. Now, it’s clear that TJC is incorporating a significant emphasis on this topic into the 2017 survey process for hospitals. The recently released 2017 Survey Activity Guide provides information on how surveyors will weave the topic of antimicrobial stewardship into the different sessions.
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Congratulations to our client ASAP Rehab in Pasadena, California, who recently achieved initial Joint Commission accreditation! ASAP Rehab provides detox and residential alcohol and substance abuse treatment services.
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Shoreline Treatment in San Clemente, California, offers residential detox services.
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Beach City Treatment in Huntington Beach, California, offers residential detox services.
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Michigan Modern Psychology offers psychological evaluations and outpatient therapy for all age groups at its five locations in southeastern Michigan.
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There are some significant changes to survey reports, scoring of standards, and the post-survey response process that go into effect in January 2017 for behavioral health organizations. These changes have been in effect for psychiatric hospitals since June 2016 and are being implemented in all accreditation programs (including Behavioral Health) effective January 1, 2017.
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For many years, TJC has had a process in place whereby an organization can request to “clarify” a survey finding when the organization believes that it was actually in compliance with the applicable standard at the time of the survey and thus should not have been cited as noncompliant. There will continue to be a clarification process but there are some significant changes to the process that go into effect for all accreditation programs effective January 1, 2017.
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