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.

 

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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REBOS in Los Angeles, California, provides PHP, IOP, and Outpatient substance abuse services as well as two sober living homes.
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Enterhealth Ranch Addiction Treatment is located in Van Alstyne, Texas (north of Dallas), and offers science-based addiction treatment in its residential and outpatient programs
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TJC added three additional policies to the list of documents required for hospitals on the first day of survey. These have been added to the Hospital Accreditation Program Document List in the updated Survey Activity Guide and include medication management policy, abuse and neglect policy for inpatient and ambulatory sites and fall risk assessment and policy.
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