Tuesday, March 22, 2005

JCAHO regulations hit home.

My institution is currently undergoing review by JCAHO (Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations). This is a private, nonprofit organization that certifies hospitals and other healthcare entities.

Tragically, we've had to remove our coffee machine from the residents' charting room. This is having enormous ramifications here at Harbor-UCLA and I'm hoping that we'll be able to survive. Time will tell if patient care is going to suffer. I can already sense the tension and I've noticed that the residents and nursing staff are acting somewhat strangely. If my posts become erratic or begin to exhibit "magical thinking"...get help.

3 Comments:

Blogger Henry Stern, LUTCF said...

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Have you tried "the patch?"

Okay, it's really just one of those Folgers Instant Coffee Singles, but with a clean-shaven arm, a Folgers Single and some duct-tape...

;-))

March 22, 2005 11:10 AM  
Blogger Kat said...

Dear doc,

I feel for you. We just had our third facility go through ACHC (similar to JCAHO but homehealth driven).

What joy when we found that some of our people were forgoing basic medical records practices and using green, purple or red ink instead of black or blue.

Who would have thunk the color of ink could put you in a tail spin. LOL

March 25, 2005 2:10 AM  
Blogger The Medicine Man said...

Kat,

You and I WILL survive!

John

March 25, 2005 9:48 AM  

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