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2019 National Patient Safety Goals:
A Focus on Current Issues

Premiere Date:
January 24, 2019

Program Description
In 2002, The Joint Commission established its National Patient Safety Goals (NPSGs) program to help accredited organizations address specific patient safety concerns. The Joint Commission continuously reviews input from practitioners, provider organizations, purchasers, consumer groups, and other stakeholders to determine the highest priority patient safety issues and how to best address these issues. For 2019, the NPSGs include specific actions that organizations are expected to take to prevent medical errors such as those caused by inaccurate patient identification, medication errors, healthcare-associated infections, harm associated with clinical alarm systems, and safety risks in patient populations.

Though expert faculty discussion, mock survey activities, and a case study example, this 60-minute program focuses on the 2019 NPSGs and what organizations can do to meet these goals. 

​After completing this module, the participant should be able to:
  • Describe the 2019 NPSGs and Requirements.
  • Identify compliance strategies for the 2019 NPSGs and Requirements.

Target Audience.
This activity is relevant to the entire hospital and medical staff, particularly organization leaders, managers and supervisors, and staff responsible for performance improvement (PI), patient safety, and risk management initiatives.

Burton L. Thelander, RN, MS, NE-BC
Field Representative, The Joint Commission
Performance Improvement Specialist, NYU – Langone Hospitals

Maxine dellaBadia Simon, FACHE, CHC, CHPC
Chief Regulatory Officer
NYU – Langone Health System

Kathryn D Petrovic, MSN, RN-BC
Field Director, The Joint Commission
Surveyor Management and Development
Accreditation and Certification Operations

Janet Kraus MSN, RNC, LCCE, CJCP 
Senior Director of Accreditation and Standards
Office of Regulatory Affairs
NYU – Langone Health System

These presenters do not have any financial arrangements or affiliations with corporate organizations that either provide educational grants to this program or may be referenced in this activity. These presenters have also attested that their discussions will not include any unapproved or off-label use of products.

Accreditation Information
​The Joint Commission is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME-AMA PRA Category 1 ™), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

ACPE # JA0002950-0000-19-008-H05-P

The Joint Commission is provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, provider number CEP 6381, for 1 contact hour.

The Joint Commission is authorized to award 1.0 contact hour of pre-approved ACHE Qualified Education credit for this program toward advancement or recertification in the American College of Healthcare Executives. Participants in this program wishing to have the continuing education hours applied toward ACHE Qualified Education credit should indicate their attendance when submitting application to the American College of Healthcare Executives for advancement or recertification.

This activity has been approved by the National Association for Healthcare Quality (NAHQ) for 1.0 Certified Professional Healthcare Quality (CPHQ) credit.

The Joint Commission Enterprise has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).

This education offering qualifies for 1.0 Certified Joint Commission Professional (CJCP) credit hours towards CJCP recertification. In order to obtain CJCP credit hours, an individual must first be certified before they start acquiring CJCP credit hours. CJCP credit hours will not be retroactive.

Full attendance at every session is a prerequisite for receiving full continuing education credits. If a participant needs to leave early, his or her continuing education credits will be reduced.

Successful completion of this CE activity includes the following:
  • View the presentation and read the accompanying Resource Guide.
  • Complete the online Evaluation Form and Post Test.
  • A CE certificate/statement of credit can be printed online following successful completion of the Post Test and the Evaluation Form