July 2021 Newsletter

In the News This Month

We are excited about both our articles this month. Our first piece, "Understanding the OSHA COVID 19 Emergency Temporary Standard” is a must read. Pat's article focuses on what the ETS includes, interprets the guidelines and outlines tips for what actions organizations need to take.

Our second article highlights the long-standing C&A consulting approach and gives a bit of an inside look at the readiness work our consultants take on prior to arriving at your organization.

Sending each of you wishes for a summer of healing, restoration and refocus.

Have You Taken Action Yet?

Jul 1 2021

Understanding OSHA COVID 19 Emergency Temporary Standard
On June 25, 2021, the Occupational Safety and Hazard Agency published its COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) with an expected compliance date of no later than July 21, 2021. What does the ETS include? COVID-19 Plan Each organization must have a written plan, designated workplace safety coordinator, and workplace-specific hazard assessment. Non-managerial employees must have input into the hazard assessment and the plan development and implementation. A key component of the plan is the monitoring component that is designed to monitor the workplace to ensure ongoing effectiveness of the plan with updates when needed. In addition, written policies and procedures ...
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About the Author

Patricia Cook, B.S., R.Ph, HACP, GRCP

Pat Cook is a Senior Consultant and Lead of Administrative Services at Courtemanche & Associates. Working in collaboration with the C&A Leaders, Pat manages Courtemanche & Associate’s business development initiatives and oversees the clinical delivery of services and support. With her extensive healthcare experience, Pat serves as a knowledgeable resource to new and existing clients, helping to guide them through their accreditation and regulatory needs.


Consultant Readiness

Jul 1 2021

Behind the Scenes – Mock Survey
Do you ever wonder what a mock survey consultant does prior to visiting your organization? Have you been curious about the extent of preparation that occurs, how we are able to identify areas for improvement (or regulatory gaps) in a short period of time, and how it all comes together in a final report to enable effective resolution? Let me take you through the consultant’s days leading up to your mock survey and give you a peek into what brings you a stellar mock survey experience. Here we go! Once the Services Agreement is signed and the organization has selected ...
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About the Author

Denise Smith, RN, MS, CLNC

Denise Smith is an Associate 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 AAHC 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.


C_APPS 2021

Fresh from the Field - July 9th

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.

Patient Visitation

Jul 3 2021

NEW – Annual Required Education Grid for Hospitals
This month we are providing a 2021 Annual Required Education Grid for Hospitals based on The Joint Commission (TJC) requirements. Freshly updated in May and inclusive of any of the soon to take effect requirements, this resource can assist you in coordinating with your education teams to be certain you are addressing all of the required educational topics.
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July Focus

2021 Annual Education Grid for Hospitals

This month's package includes:

  • Our 2021 Staff & Licensed Independent Practitioner Annual Required Education Grid
  • An updated list of topics requiring Staff/LIP education and/or training
  • The Chapter and Standard(s) associated with each requirement
  • The newest and soon to take effect requirements included & highlighted

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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