Joint Commission Behavioral Health Update
February 2018
In This Issue:

Greetings to Our Colleagues in Behavioral Healthcare!
As our travels take us across the country, we know that weather challenges have abounded. Please hang in there and let's hope for an early spring! Meanwhile, we are keeping you up to date on TJC initiatives to support your continuous readiness.
In this month's newsletter, our first article provides important information from the TJC Consultants Forum I recently attended at TJC headquarters. Our second article discusses the increased focus on hand hygiene compliance in 2018 surveys - especially important if you will be surveyed this year.

We value your feedback on the newsletter. Please send us your comments and tell us what topics you would like to see in future issues. We look forward to hearing from you! Also, feel free to to your colleagues.

Anne Barrins
Ready for your 2018 TJC Survey?
Contact us now to schedule your mock survey. There are new requirements effective 1/1/18 for both psychiatric hospitals and BH organizations. Our mock survey will prepare you for those and ensure your survey success!
Tip of the Month
The Design Guide for the Built Environment of Behavioral Health Facilities by Hunt and Sine has been updated. Edition 7.3 (February 2018) is a great resource for all psychiatric hospitals and BH facilities. Be sure to check it out.
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"I was extremely satisfied with our Barrins & Associates consultation. They had incredible knowledge and experience regarding TJC standards and offered numerous recommendations on how to meet and exceed them as well as build in accountability to ensure ongoing compliance. I highly recommend them to other organizations."

Kevin McGee, MHA, RN, LHRM
River Crest Hospital
San Angelo, Texas
19 Years of Service
Feedback from TJC Consultants Forum
We were pleased to once again attend the TJC Consultants Forum last month at their headquarters in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois. The meeting is an annual invitational event and there were 12 consulting firms represented. There were several updates on TJC initiatives that are important for you to hear about ...
Be prepared for increased scrutiny and more stringent scoring of hand hygiene compliance during your next TJC survey. Effective January 1, 2018, if a surveyor observes an individual staff person failing to perform hand hygiene during direct patient care, this single observation will be cited as a deficiency resulting in a Requirement for Improvement under the Infection Prevention and Control chapter. This applies across all accreditation programs.
Barrins & Associates is pleased to welcome four new clients:  
Dorothea Dix Psychiatric Center in Bangor, MaineGateway Family Solutions in Birmingham, AlabamaGenerations Behavioral Health in Youngstown, Ohio, and Sierra Vista Hospital in Sacramento, California.
  We are pleased to be working with these clients on accreditation preparation and continuous regulatory readiness
Barrins & Associates provides Joint Commission and CMS consulting services for the Behavioral Healthcare industry. Our clients include psychiatric hospitals and freestanding Behavioral Healthcare organizations. We specialize in providing Survey Preparation and Continuous Survey Readiness services for the Behavioral Healthcare industry. Barrins & Associates was founded by Anne Barrins who was a Joint Commission surveyor for 13 years.