EC/Physical Environment Regulatory Requirements

How to be Safer, Smarter and Always Survey Ready

Foundational Course

EC/Physical Environment Regulatory Requirements


The physical structure and maintenance of the hospital can significantly impact safety. The most frequently cited standards are in the physical environment or life safety and the link between the environment and safety is stronger than ever. Many healthcare staff are not aware of common safety issues and their impact on staff and patient harm. Understanding the Environment of Care regulatory requirements assist staff in maintaining a safe physical environment to reduce the potential for patient harm.

This course offers an in-depth look at regulatory expectations implemented by CMS, TJC and other accrediting organizations while offering proven strategies to implement standard practice for a successful survey.

Learn & Apply

How to be Safer, Smarter and Always Survey Ready

  • Review

    Review the top focus areas for CMS and TJC

  • Gain

    Gain knowledge of the key focus areas regarding the environment of care

  • Recognize

    Recognize staff’s role in ongoing safety

About the Instructor

James Ballard, MBA, CPHQ, CPPS, HACP

James Ballard, MBA, CPHQ, CPPS, HACP, is a Healthcare Consultant with over 30 years of experience responsible for assessing healthcare organizations’ readiness for licensing, accreditation and regulatory compliance. James provides support to organizations in the areas of Life Safety Code® compliance, Environment of Care, Emergency Management, Quality, Performance Improvement, Patient Safety and Clinical Care requirements. He has expertise in The Joint Commission (TJC) accreditation, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) requirements as a former Federal Surveyor. He has served as faculty and speaker for Risk Assessment, Medication Management, Patient Safety, and other regulatory compliance issues. In addition, he assists organizations with post-survey activities, education and follow-up, patient safety strategies, and quality improvement initiatives.

Mr. Ballard has worked in a variety of healthcare positions and his experiences range from Surgical Technologist, EMT, Combat Medicine to a Federally Certified Healthcare Surveyor (Hospital, Critical Access, Transplant, Ambulatory Survey Centers and Long-Term Care), to Director positions over Compliance, Quality, Infection Prevention, Safety, Risk Management, Employee Health, and Emergency Preparedness. Mr. Ballard was the main creator of the CMS Focused Quality Assessment and Performance Improvement (FQAPI) Survey process and tool for Transplant programs in Hospitals.

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Completion is eligible for CE credits through the ANCC.

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