Community Survey this Season:
Preparing for a Joint Commission Visit
TJC = The Joint Commission, a non-profit accrediting body for healthcare facilities that focuses on safety and quality assurance measures.
Please share the survey link with colleagues who can add their wisdom.
Since we go through several rounds of this every year, I decided it is time I write something on this subject for the community. As of Jan 2020, the plan is to keep this survey open and compile responses every 6 months or as time & opportunity allow.
- Continue the discussion in the community about the topic
- When enough information gathered, will create a summary document(s) available to the discussion community and a public blog post summary via the blog
- Follow up interview potential about specific programs for those interested in participating, part of the "issues in hospital practice" community webinar/interview series. For more about this special Project series, go here.
- I will have the survey open through the holidays with a suspense date of 1.1.2020. I will compile responses received up to that time period. However, I can keep the survey open or re-open in the future and then compile notes received about every 6 months for the community. *Waiting to hear in this first round of information what the community would like as a resource.*
- In the U.S., every hospital-based acupuncturist will come across The Joint Commission preparation and visit. And so will every acupuncturist who works in a Joint Commission accredited facility, including FQHC community health clinics. In an ideal situation, you had an awesome program manager/hospital admin who set up the whole program, from position description to credentialing to SOPs, to fly with sailing colors of quality assurance through the TJC process. And, that person has kept everyone up to par on all the quality assurance measures to stay compliant. However, that is an ideal situation. Many acupuncturists are new employees and might be encountering TJC prep rounds for the first time. This is an opportunity to connect with your community to wisdom-share with those who have set up programs, those in the process of setting up programs, and those who love the Metal Element of quality assurance. Because we need our Metal colleagues and their talents to round out all of us. When it comes to TJC visits, they shine. :)
- The Hospital Handbook Project is about connecting people to each other and sharing wisdom. This is an important topic for us to start a more structured discussion on. I am looking forward to your feedback.
- However, the Project is not a substitute for finding mentors in your own facility. The Project can connect you virtually with others dealing with the same or very similar issues and their solutions. For more about how much we value mentor-relationship building, please see the First Steps resources, available on the website.
- Get Your Foot in the Door of Hospital-Based Practice: First Steps For the Acupuncturist or Integrative Health Student
- Workbook Companion to First Steps--highly recommend this. It walks you through how to implement the advice given in the booklet. All proceeds from sales on the website go directly toward off-setting basic operating costs of running the HH Project.
If you are a student or practitioner in the field and are interested in connecting to mentors or programs,
- First, check out our Hospital-based Practice Learning Opportunities Directory.
- Then, if the options in the directory don't fit your needs, you can contact me via the website with your query.
- For free and low-cost resources already available for prospective hospital-based practitioners, go to the First Steps resources at our website, stay connected to this blog, and sign up for the email list.
- For the New Hospital Employee, here is a new resource landing page for you.
- The current resource landing page for the Program Lead and Hospital Sponsor is here.
- Welcome to the community!
Blog posts related to The Joint Commission and Acupuncturists
- Gale M, Hospital Practice: Recognition of Acupuncturist as a Licensed Independent Practitioner (LIP). Meridians: JAOM, 2016 3(4): 11-16, 41. This is a public access article available in electronic and print format at the journal's website. The journal is Journal of the American Association of Acupuncturists (JASA), formerly Meridians: Journal of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.
- Credentialing and Privileging: Joint Commission references
- Peer Record Review
- The Joint Commission Pain Management Clarification Statement--a step forward for integrative health access in pain management for patients
- The Joint Commission: Understanding FPPE and OPPE processes
- The BLS Occupational Code for Acupuncturists is published! What it means for credentialing, privileging, and TJC processes
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