Joint Commission Issues Quick Safety Issue 36, Improving Access to Home Care

PUBLISHED: Sep 19, 2017
Relevant to: Critical Access Hospitals, Home Health, Hospitals, Long Term Care, Medical Office/Clinic

The Joint Commission has issued Quick Safety Issue 36: Improving Access to Home Care. TJC publishes Quick Safety Issue to raise awareness and provide information about safety issues pertinent to Joint Commission-accredited organizations.

Quick Safety Issue 36 addresses the value and importance of home health services. According to TJC, health care providers play a key role in assisting patients get access to home health services. TJC suggests several actions organizations can take to assist patients in receiving home health services, including, but not limited to:

  • Ensuring that providers have current information about local home health care services.
  • Providing training to physicians, nurses and discharge planners reviewing available home care services, processes for referring to home health care and scripts for guiding discussions with patients related to utilization of home care services.
  • Consider, develop and test technology-based supports to access home care services.
  • Establish relationships between emergency departments and home health agencies so that referrals can be made for patients not admitted to the hospital.

Included with today’s notice are policies related to patient discharge and accessing home care services.

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