December 2022 Newsletter

In the News This Month

Season’s Greetings Everyone,

It’s hard to believe the holiday season is upon us. Once again we reflect on another busy year filled with regulatory changes and updates helping provide solutions for the many ripple effects healthcare organizations are still experiencing from the pandemic.

As we come to the close of 2022, and in keeping with the Courtemanche & Associate’s tradition, our feature article this December, “Top 12 Items for your 2023 To Do List” provides some “house-keeping” suggestions to assist in preparing you for regulatory expectations in the new year.

We appreciate each and every one of you, for your dedication and incredible patient care that you provide every day, and we thank you for your readership and patronage. The C&A team looks forward to continuing ongoing partnerships as well as developing new relationships in the upcoming year.

From all of us at Courtemanche & Associates, we wish you a wonderful holiday season and a healthy, safe, and productive New Year.

We hope you find these articles informative and helpful in assisting you with your ongoing regulatory readiness. Please reach out to us at for additional information or any service needs you may have.

Healthcare workers using Top 12 House-keeping checklist items for 2023

Dec 1 2022

Top 12 Items for your 2023 “To Do” List
As we come to the close of 2022, we want to provide you with some "house-keeping" suggestions as we go into another year. We encourage you to pause and reflect on the great care you give to your patients and spend time with family and friends as we head ...
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About the Authors

Denise Smith, RN, MSN, CLNC, HACP

Denise Smith is a Senior Consultant with Courtemanche & Associates. In this role she is responsible for assessing healthcare organizational readiness for licensing, certification, accreditation, and regulatory compliance. She has extensive knowledge in the requirements of The Joint Commission, DNV, and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services including knowledge in their survey process, auditing approach and survey outcome determination. She also has knowledge and experience in AAAHC and other regulatory and accreditation organizations. She assists organizations with survey preparation, educational needs, post survey activities, patient safety strategies and quality improvement initiatives. Denise has more than 40 years of experience and expertise in Infection Prevention, Sterile Processing, Legal Nurse Consulting, Quality and Resource Management, Clinical Education, in acute inpatient and outpatient care settings.

Clinically, Denise is a licensed Registered Nurse with an extensive background in Infection Prevention and Control for perioperative settings, sterile processing, and quality management. Additionally, she has served as a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant and has aided organizations for EMTALA, Medical-Surgical and Health Care Administration areas of concern.

C_APPS 2022

Fresh from the Field

Our C_APPS membership provides monthly offerings January through November including regulatory & accreditation tools, resources, tracers, policy checklists, and other key aids to facilitate ongoing success with changing expectations.

C_APPS Healthcare Accreditation Tools & Resources 2022

Nov 3 2022

Public Health Emergency Action Planning
As organizations prepare to transition out of the public health emergency, it is imperative to establish your action plan for the resumption of their normal day-to-day operations
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November Focus

Public Health Emergency Action Planning

This month's package includes:

  • Post Covid-19 Pandemic Checklist
  • The Master Life Safety Waiver list published by CMS
  • American College of Surgeons Post COVID-19 Readiness Checklist for Resuming Surgery

C_Apps Resources & Tools

C_APPS is an Exclusive Membership Service resource developed by Courtemanche & Associates that provides monthly offerings of regulatory and accreditation tools, resources, tracers, policy checklists or other key aids to facilitate ongoing success with changing expectations.

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