Hello, AHAP members. Every so often the association is approached by an organization seeking an accreditation professional and asks us to share a job posting. We’re happy to provide this service for our members whenever we can. Below is the complete listing for an opportunity we were informed of just today:
Accreditation and Regulatory Coordinator
University of Virginia Health System
The University of Virginia Health System in Charlottesville is seeking an Accreditation and Regulatory Coordinator. This position will guide the development of policy and guidelines as they relate to the hospital and compliance with regulatory and accreditation guidelines and assist in the interpretation of these policies.
- Serve as expert and resource on regulatory/accreditation and licensure standards and expectations for compliance
- Design and implement a systematic approach to ensure a high level of awareness of regulatory and accrediting agency requirements throughout the Medical Center including ramifications of failures in compliance
- Bachelor’s degree required, master’s preferred
- 5 years experience
The University of Virginia Health System invites you to explore career opportunities at our nationally recognized academic medical center, located in the charming, active city of Charlottesville overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains. Charlottesville consistently ranks among the best places to live in the U.S. based on its natural beauty, strong economy, quality schools and vibrant arts, music and dining scenes.
Along with our commitment to academic research and our advanced technology, it is the attributes of our people that make UVA one of the top-rated medical centers in the country. If you want more, UVA wants you.
Apply online at www.uvajobsbeyondmeasure.com or contact Scott Dudley at (434) 924-0200 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
As we continue to peel back the layers of the (green) onion that is fire alarm and suppression system testing documentation, I bring you this from the survey front: I can’t say that I find this consistently documented, which makes me think this is worth sharing with the group. By the way, for those of you who have not yet bitten the bullet, it may be time to extend your NFPA library beyond the Life Safety Code®. There are way too many pieces of the puzzle that live in the “other” codes for us to refrain for much longer (not that I am in any way endorsing any particular organization or product, but sometimes the way forward becomes impossibly clear…).
And so, turning to the testing of the emergency services notification transmission equipment (the equipment that comes into play when one must summon assistance from local/regional emergency responders), for this particular sequence of events, there is a requirement under NFPA 72, 1999 edition, 7-2.2 that indicates the receipt of the signal at the supervising station within 90 seconds shall be verified.
Now, for those of you who utilize a central monitoring service (and who, hopefully, are documenting each leg of that signal process – fire alarm system to central monitoring service; central monitoring service to the emergency responders) and, I suppose, those of you who ring directly through to the emergency responders – are you counting those precious seconds when you do your quarterly testing? If not, you would have to consider yourself a little bit vulnerable. Word to the wise.
Editor’s note: This blog post was written by Steve MacArthur, consultant for The Greeley Company, Danvers, MA, and taken from one of our sister blogs, Mac’s Safety Space. You can read the original post here.
We’re gearing up for the next issue of the AHAP Insider, and we’re looking for AHAP members who have a success story they’d like to share in an upcoming newsletter article. If you are interested in sharing your successes and initiatives, or just have a topic suggestion you’d like to hear about, please contact AHAP associate director Jackie Beck at email@example.com.
*I would also like to let members know that thanks to my recent nuptials, you’ll start to see my name change in the blog, ezines, newsletters, and emails over the next few weeks to Jaclyn Zagami (pronounced “zuh-gah-me”). It’s a big switch, so I wanted to give you the heads up in case you didn’t recognize me. I can be reached at both firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com for the time being just to make life easier.
One of the more interesting segments of this year’s New York Hospital Executive Briefings was an update on its Intracycle Monitoring program, under which the Focused Standards Assessment–the process that will replace the Periodic Performance Review–is found.
Presenters gave the audience a first look at the website where this will take place and walked through the various options they will have.
Perhaps most notable is that, unlike the PPR, it appears the FSA will not require hospitals to review every single standard and Element of Performance–there will be standards and EPs that are flagged as required, including those the organization previously received RFIs on, but it is up to the organization itself whether they want to do a complete, top to bottom standard review. This allows hospitals more flexibility in how to handle their annual review.
What do you think of the FSA and intracycle monitoring? Will this be an improvement over the PPR?
Good start to Executive Briefings here in New York this morning. Interesting choice by The Joint Commission to move over the Bridge to Brooklyn this year–as a regular attendee myself the past few years, it’s not a bad way to shake things up.
The morning session kicked off with a great bird’s eye view discussion by Ann Scott Blouin, who discussed also her lateral move into her customer relations role earlier this year. Pat Adamski gave us an excellent look at CMS changes for 2013 as well and looked at the one new National Patient Safety Goal for 2013 (CAUTI). The crowd of 300 applauded at the announcement that CAUTI will be the only new NPSG for the year.
We’ll keep you posted as the day progresses!
Hello, everyone. I just wanted to follow up with our members about last week’s successful networking call on the changes to the so-called 30 minute rule. Our guest presenters were helpful and inspired a lively discussion.
Several items were discussed during the call that I wanted to share with attendees. Please find both attached—a Briefings on The Joint Commission article discussing the topic and a policy our guests offered to share with AHAP members following the call.
If you missed the call, we have uploaded the audio file online here: http://www.accreditationprofessional.org/quarterly_networking_calls.cfm
It is free to listen for all members (though you will need to be logged into the site using your username and password before the file will open).
As always, thanks for attending, and we hope to speak with you again during our next call!
Hello, AHAP members and blog readers. Will any of you be headed to Brooklyn for Executive Briefings on September 5th? AHAP will be represented in the audience there (I’ll be in attendance to listen in on what The Joint Commission has to say about the accreditation world this year personally) and I’d love to be able to say hello to any of our local members who might be there as well.
If you plan on being at the New York Hospital Executive Briefings, please let me know! You can reach me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are you going to NAHQ on September 20 – 23?
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Request to participate now. If selected, you will receive a $50 American Express gift card and a FREE breakfast, for your time and valuable feedback – hurry, seating is limited.
Date: Friday, September 21
Time: 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
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*If selected to participate, meeting room details will be provided.
No time for Breakfast?
Visit us in Booth #418 and check out a demo of our new product for hospitals: HCPro Comply, for Accreditation & Quality. You’ll also qualify for the drawing for an Apple iPad 3.
The Joint Commission has released a ne FAQ this week for hospitals for requirements for laboratory reports in the medical record. The FAQ addresses the question of whether captured data in different formats (such as the physician portal, flash reports, remote web access, an others)need to conform to the standards surveyed during The Joint Commission’s lab surveys.
The Joint Commission’s detailed response to this very important question can be found online here.
The Joint Commission this week released its latest Sentinel Event Alert, this time targeting the safe use of opioids in the hospital setting. Opioids such as morphine, methadone, and oxycodone, the alert states, are among the drugs most often associated with adverse drug events, including incidents related to dizziness, nausea, and falls.
The report offers recommendations for safe practice, education and training for practitioners in the administration and use of opioids, and tools for screening for risks. The Sentinel Event Alert includes input from institutions across the country, including the Cancer Pain Program at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, the Hackensack (N.J.) University Medical Center and the University Medical Center in Tucson, Arizona.
To access the complete alert for hospital and critical access hospital settings, visit The Joint Commission’s website.