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.

 

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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Congratulations to our client NorthStar Transitions who recently achieved initial Joint Commission accreditation! NorthStar Transitions is a young adult extended care substance abuse treatment and sober living program serving the Boulder and Denver, Colorado, communities.
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Carrier Clinic in Belle Mead, New Jersey, offers a full continuum of inpatient, residential, and outpatient psychiatric and substance abuse services to adolescents and adults.
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Cottonwood Springs is a newly constructed, 72-bed behavioral hospital in Olathe, Kansas. The hospital provides a full continuum of inpatient and outpatient mental health and substance abuse treatment for adults and their families.
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In July, 2016 TJC introduced its new standard on antimicrobial stewardship. The standard is contained in the Medication Management chapter (MM.09.01.01) of the Hospital manual and goes into effect January 1, 2017. Antibiotic consumption in psychiatric hospitals is low compared to general hospitals. However, antibiotics have several drug–drug interactions with psychotropic drugs that can lead to adverse events or treatment failure and significantly increase the cost of treatment. Thus, this new standard is relevant for any hospital whose patients are being prescribed antibiotics.
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Many substance abuse programs across the country operate sober living houses as part of their continuum of care. Over the years, TJC has grappled with questions from the field on this topic and now they have come out with specific guidelines regarding sober living houses. We recently discussed these with Megan Marx Associate Director for Behavior Health Care Accreditation and she encouraged us to share these guidelines with our readers.
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Congratulations to our client Surf City Recovery in Huntington Beach, California, who recently received initial Joint Commission accreditation! Surf City Recovery offers drug rehabilitation services including PHP, IOP, and an outpatient program.
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Two Rivers Behavioral Health System in Kansas City, Missouri, offers inpatient psychiatric and chemical dependency treatment for children, adolescents and adults as well as PHP and IOP services.
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