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AHAP offerings update

I just wanted to give you an update on a few resources that HCPro and AHAP is offering that might be of huge benefit to you. There have been a lot of changes, updates, and new NPSGs coming your way from The Joint Commission and CMS, and we’ve got a lot of good stuff going on in the upcoming months to help you stay on top of it. Here are some things that may be of interest to you:

Speaker Barbara Balik, RN, MS, a senior faculty member at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) discusses why just adding another policy isn’t good enough. She will offer candid advice and techniques to give you and your staff a better understanding of the requirements, and share best practices and practical strategies to improve patient- and family-centered care and to communicate the policy to patients and families.

Plus, this webcast provides a great opportunity to get EXACTLY what you want out of it. Barbara has asked that if there is something specific you’re hoping to learn from this show, to please e-mail me (jbeck@hcpro.com) ahead of time and she will make sure to address it in the live program.

  •  3.29.12 webcast: How OIG Hospital Audit Findings Affect Your Compliance and Accreditation Program

This webcast is brand new and cannot even be ordered yet. We’ll be featuring it as the Product of the Month on the AHAP Homepage for the entire month of March, but in the meantime, here is a detailed description of the show:

Don’t let missed opportunities affect the patient safety or the accreditation of your facility. This 90-minute webcast with practicing healthcare lawyer Renee H. Martin, JD, RN, MSN, will address barriers to creating a culture of safety and action plans for effective quality improvement processes.

The OIG looked at adverse events occurring in hospitals and issued compliance, reimbursement, and accreditation findings and recommendations for addressing these events, such as correcting missed opportunities to incorporate patient safety principles, following up on action plans, performance improvement measures, and board reporting. This webcast will walk you through the findings you need to know so you can implement effective quality improvement steps and address weaknesses identified in the report.

  •  The 6th Annual AHAP Conference: May 10-11th at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, FL.

This year, we’re offering two full days of educational sessions and workshops on the latest regulatory updates, best practices, and resources to enhance your accreditation program. For agenda details, pricing, and speaker lineup, see our conference web page.

Bonus: The first 50 paid registrants receive a free full-day pass to any Walt Disney World Theme Park. Offer expires March 8, 2012.

Please feel free to e-mail me if you have any questions or if you have any ideas for upcoming products and resources. We love to hear from you!

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Jackie Zagami About the Author: Jaclyn Beck is the associate director of the Association for Healthcare Accreditation Professionals (AHAP) where she manages AHAP Accreditation Connection, the annual AHAP conference, and contributes to the monthly publication Briefings on The Joint Commission.

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