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AHAP 2013: We’re betting on red

What can we say, we like our odds! That’s why we’re headed back to Las Vegas for the 2013 Seventh Annual AHAP conference, June 6-7, 2013 at the Flamingo Las Vegas Casino and Hotel.

For the second time we are offering our Accreditation Specialist Boot Camp as a pre-conference event to help get new accreditation professionals started on the right foot. Spend two-and-a-half days at the Boot Camp— a unique classroom-based learning experience that delivers detailed descriptions, analysis, and training of all Joint Commission and CMS standards— and end your week building your professional network at the 7th annual AHAP conference.

As usual, we will award the 2013 Accreditation Professional of the Year and the Best New Accreditation Professional. We’re also bringing back our popular poster session, and a Day 1 roundtable discussion with our speakers and top accrediting bodies.

What type of sessions will you find at the conference? Here’s a sample:

  • A session on staying organized and keeping up with the ever changing Joint Commission and CMS standards requirements
  • A session on improving focus areas and reviewing regulatory changes and top RFIs for 2013
  • A session presented by a Life Safety expert focusing on Environment of Care and Life Safety management, and the documentation that accreditation professionals never get to see
  • Sessions on tracers and managing the mock survey process to prioritize improvements and correct vulnerabilities
  • A presentation by The Joint Commission on the challenging balancing act of managing risk is healthcare organizations
  • Sessions on performance improvement and managing CMS QAPI requirements
  • A case study presented by a director of accreditation who successfully completed the process of achieving advanced comprehensive stroke certification
  • Sessions on continual compliance staff training, education, and competency
  • And more!

We owe a great deal of gratitude to those who made the 2012 conference such a wonderful experience for us and attendees alike, including Jean Clark, Jodi Eisenberg, Greg Finch, Brad Keyes, Dana Moore, Candy Bright, Suzanne Richards, Sharon Chaput, Kirk Woodring, John Finnerty, and Gaye Hay.

Click here to view more information and registration details. If you have any questions about the 2013 conference, please don’t hesitate to contact me at jzagami@hcpro.com. I hope to see you all in Vegas!

Join us on the podium for the 2013 AHAP conference!

We are currently seeking speakers to present at the seventh annual AHAP Conference to be held June 6-7, 2013 at the Flamingo Las Vegas Casino & Hotel in Las Vegas.

We seek speakers to present on all aspects of hospital accreditation and encourage case studies of successful programs.

Here is a list of additional topics that would make great conference sessions:

  • Statistics and data management
  • Maximizing your risk assessment to eliminate TJC and CMS vulnerabilities
  • Career ladder for accreditation professionals: Motivation and recruitment strategies

If you don’t see your hot topic here, please write and let us know what expertise you can bring to the podium.

Click this link, complete the form, and submit it to us no later than January 23rd. Please be sure to include a brief description of your suggested session topic.

We look forward to hearing from you! If you’d like more information or wish to discuss a speaking topic before applying, please e-mail me at jzagami@hcpro.com and we’ll set up a convenient time to speak by phone.

Come check out our conference poster session

This year’s AHAP conference to be held May 10-11, 2012 in Orlando, FL features its first ever educational poster session, and we’d like to share the roster with you:

  • “Surveying the secret world of Surgical Services:  How to navigate a mock survey of surgical services in your facility” – Sandy Biga, RN, Alegent Health Midlands Hospital, Omaha, NE
  •  “The use of data mining with alerts to improve nurse documentation” – Sheila Belcher, BSN, RN, CSHA, Pikeville Medical Center, Pikeville, KY
  •  “One year, three surveys: Continuous readiness at Mayo Clinic” – Melanie Ryan, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
  •  “Optimal practitioner on-boarding process” – Shelly G. Albrechtsen, Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center, Patchogue, NY
  • “Patient safety: Striving towards zero defects” – Jayme Gardner, RN, BSN, East Alabama Medical Center, Opelika, AL 
  •  “The path to regulatory readiness”- Pat Caruso, RN, BSN, CNML, Bristol Hospital, Bristol, CT
  • “Developing a low-cost solution to a high risk problem: Transforming the process of care to reduce central line associated blood stream infections” – John Finnerty, RN, BSHA, CSHA, Nassau University Medical Center, East Meadow, NY
  •  “Using a single checklist/signature sheet at initial and reappointment” – Mary Johnson, CPCS, CPMSM, and Pearl Forsyth, Saint Luke’s East Hospital, St. Louis
  •  “Fire rated wall penetration and Joint Commission Life Safety Code® compliance” – Kevin Jones, University of Utah Health Care, Salt Lake City
  • “Involving the executive team in survey readiness” – Lynda Bailey, RN, BSN, University of Utah Health Care, Salt Lake City
  • “The Onion Efffect” – Megan Lough, Scripps Centralized Credentialing, San Diego
  • “Regulatory Readiness: Tools for a successful CMS survey” – Candy Bright, RN, BSN, Village Hospital, Greer, SC

    Don't miss this one-of-a-kind educational event!

You won’t want to miss this opportunity to gain knowledge and share best practices, so if you still haven’t registered, make sure to sign up this week to receive $100 off the conference price (just use source code ET106724at checkout).

Visit our conference webpage for more information.

Two new reasons to go to the AHAP conference

This year’s AHAP conference, to be held May 10-11 at the Hilton at Walt Disney World® Resort in Lake Buena Vista (Orlando), FL is sure to be a valuable and educational networking resource for you, and we’re happy to announce that we have two more reasons why:

Reason #1-We’re offering a registration discount. And who doesn’t love a discount? We’re offering $100 off conference registration for the entire month of April. Just be sure to use source code ET106724 at checkout to save $100!

Reason #2- We’ve added a new breakout session to Day 2 of the conference titled Regulatory readiness: Tools for a successful CMS survey*, presented by Candy Bright, RN, BSN. Ms. Bright is the safety and regulatory manager at Village Hospital in Greer, SC, and her case study will give you easy and effective strategies to implementing a CMS survey readiness program, assessing organizational survey readiness, and creating interdisciplinary teams to improve CMS compliance and staff participation.

*This breakout session will replace the breakout session titled “Understanding hospital recognition programs for optimal cardiovascular and stroke care”.

Visit our conference webpage to find additional information about the agenda, CE credits, learning objectives, and more.

Accreditation Professional of the Year awards

Do you have a colleague who helped launch a successful accreditation program in your hospital? Or who made significant contributions to improve survey-readiness in the field in general? Do you know a dedicated accreditation professional who makes a difference in the profession? Or an accreditation professional who is new to the role and has already demonstrated effective survey readiness?

I’m happy to announce that we are now accepting nominations for the first ever Accreditation Professional of the Year awards. The Accreditation Professional of the Year awards were created by AHAP in an effort to recognize and celebrate survey coordinators and accreditation professionals who have made tangible improvements to the survey prep process in their facilities, and have demonstrated excellence in leadership, teamwork, and regulatory expertise.

The awards are broken down into two categories— Accreditation Professional of the Year (similar to the lifetime achievement award) and Best New Accreditation Professional— and the winners of this year’s awards will be selected by our board and presented at the AHAP conference in May.

The nomination form and more information on eligibility can be found here: http://promos.hcpro.com/pdf/2012APYNominationForm.docx

Feel free to share this with your staff and your colleagues, and if you know someone who fits the bill for either of these two awards, please consider nominating them.  We would love to recognize them for all of the hard work they’ve done at your facility and in the regulatory field, and we can’t wait to introduce you to the 2012 Accreditation Professional of the Year and the Best New Accreditation Professional in Orlando in May.

Education and fun rolled into one

We know there are limited educational resources out there for accreditation professionals to swap best-practices and network with their peers. And that’s why we could not be more excited about this year’s AHAP conference, coming up in just a few months.

The 6th Annual AHAP Conference, to be held May 10-11, 2012 at the Hilton at Walt Disney World® Resort in Lake Buena Vista (Orlando), FL, is a multi-source, educational experience that will provide accreditation professionals and survey coordinators with the following resources:

  • Top Joint Commission findings for 2011 and regulatory changes for 2012
  • Leading experts in Life Safety,  Data Management, and Suicide Risk Assessment compliance
  • Opportunities to talk with representatives from The Joint Commission, DNV, and HFAP
  • Peer networking opportunities
  • Eleven hours of continuing education for ANCC, CSHA, and NAHQ credits
  • And much more!

You can view the complete agenda, learning objectives, and registration details here.

If you’re interested in presenting a poster at this year’s conference, please download our poster application form, complete it, and e-mail it to AHAP Associate Director Jaclyn Beck at jbeck@hcpro.com. Accepted poster presenters will receive a 50% discount off the price of conference admission. We are interested in innovative strategies that have been implemented in hospitals to improve survey-readiness, staff involvement, and patient and staff safety.

Will we see you there? Leave your comments here.

 

6th annual AHAP conference speaker lineup

And what a lineup it is! We’re so proud of our conference speaker roster this year that we just have to share it with you. You’ll be receiving practical, educational information from some of the most knowledgeable experts in the field coming from some of the most reputable organizations and facilities in healthcare.

Here are our speakers and what they’ll be presenting:

Jodi L. Eisenberg MHA, CPHQ, CPMSM, CSHA, Program Manager for Accreditation and Clinical Compliance, Northwestern Hospital, Chicago

  • Regulatory changes in 2012 and top RFIs—staying ahead of The Joint Commission and CMS
  • A practical approach to policy management

Jean S Clark RHIA, CSHA, Director of Accreditation, Roper St. Francis Healthcare, Charleston, SC

  • Regulatory changes in 2012 and top RFIs—staying ahead of The Joint Commission and CMS
  • To certify or not to certify? Seeking The Joint Commission disease-specific certifications

Brad Keyes, CHSP, Consultant, Keyes Life Safety Compliance

  • What accreditation professionals still need to know about Life Safety Code®

Meagen Driskill RN, BSN, MBA, Manager of Hospital Accreditation, American Heart Association

  • Understanding hospital recognition programs for optimal cardiovascular and stroke care

Sharon Chaput RN, C, CSHA, Senior Director of Standards and Quality Management, Brattleboro Retreat, Brattleboro, VT

  • Suicide risk: Solutions to rapid assessment, Environment of Care, and documentation issues

Kirk Woodring LICSW, CGP, Director of Access, Evaluation, and Ambulatory Services, Brattleboro Retreat, Brattleboro, VT

  • Suicide risk: Solutions to rapid assessment, Environment of Care, and documentation issues

Dana Moore RN, MS, CSHA, Director of Regulatory Affairs, John Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Baltimore

  • Understanding best practices for tracer methodology and the survey process

Greg Finch MSW, LMSW, System Director, Patient Experience and Accreditation, Arnot Health, Elmira, NY

  • Making the switch from The Joint Commission to DNV: One hospital’s experience with both surveys

Yisrael M. Safeek, MD MBA, CPE, FACPE, President of The SafeCare Group, Lexington, KY

  • Preparing for The Joint Commission OPPE & FPPE systems tracer

 Suzanne Richards, RN, MPH, MBA, Chief Clinical Officer, Prime Healthcare Management, Ontario, CA

  • The drip factor: Turning data into actionable information

Click here to view our conference webpage and learn more about this year’s conference offerings.

Guess who’s coming to the AHAP conference?

Exciting news! A representative from The Joint Commission will be joining the unique roundtable discussion at the 6th Annual AHAP Conference on May 10-11 in Lake Buena Vista (Orlando), FL.

That’s right! Ann Scott Blouin, RN, PhD, FACHE, executive vice president, accreditation and certification operations for The Joint Commission will be joining us, along with Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP), Det Norske Veritas (DNV), and the American Heart Association on day one to answer your questions and discuss accreditation and certification options.

The 6th Annual AHAP Conference is the only event that brings survey and accreditation professionals together in an interactive, networking forum to discuss solutions and best practices to achieve continual survey readiness and compliance with ever-changing standards and regulations.

Also don’t forget, the first 50 paid registrants receive a free full-day pass to any Walt Disney World® theme park. Click here to learn more.

We’ve got a lot of great offerings this year, and you don’t have to be an AHAP member to attend! You can view the complete agenda here.

AHAP Conference poster presenters wanted!

Submit your application for the AHAP poster session now.

The 6th Annual AHAP Conference, to be held May 10–11, 2012, at the Hilton at The Walt Disney World Resort® in Orlando, FL, will include a poster session as part of its conference offerings. It’s an informal way for hospitals to share their accreditation- and survey-related successes with each other, network, and exchange ideas and information.

If you would like to present your poster at this year’s conference, please download our poster application form, complete it, and e-mail it to AHAP Associate Director Jaclyn Beck at jbeck@hcpro.com. Accepted poster presenters will receive a 50% discount off the price of conference admission.

Any and all ideas are welcome. Some poster topics to consider include the following:

  • An overview of your Accreditation program–staffing, processes, etc.
  • A successful new accreditation- or survey-related initiative you launched
  • Methods of inter-departmental collaboration
  • Successful training/educational methods
  • Performance improvement data mining and reporting techniques

Thanks, and I look forward to receiving your application.

Jaclyn Beck

jbeck@hpro.com

Join us on the podium for the 2012 AHAP conference!

AHAP is currently seeking speakers to present at the 2012 AHAP Sixth Annual Conference to be held May 10-11, 2012 at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, FL.

Is that special person you or a colleague?

We seek speakers to present on all aspects of hospital accreditation and encourage case studies of successful programs. Here is a list of additional topics that would make great conference sessions:

  • Data management
  • Performance improvement: Priorities for measurement
  • Tracer methodology : Improving the patient care process
  • Maximizing your risk assessment to eliminate TJC and CMS vulnerabilities
  • Career ladder for accreditation professionals: Motivation and recruitment strategies

If you don’t see your hot topic here, please write and let us know what expertise you can bring to the podium.

Click this link, complete the form, and submit it to us no later than November 1, 2011. Please be sure to include a brief description of your suggested session topic.

We look forward to hearing from you! If you’d like more information or wish to discuss a speaking topic before applying, please e-mail me at jbeck@hcpro.com and we’ll set up a convenient time to speak by phone.