In the News This Month
This month, we send our heartfelt thanks to all of our readers for all that you do to advance quality and safety in healthcare. Happy Hospital Week and Nurses Week! Here is as sneak peek of our articles this month:
In healthcare, treatment plans are designed to effectively advance patients through hospitalization. It is important that they are individualized, focused, and patient-centered. Therefore, maintaining consistent compliance with treatment plans can be challenging. Our first article, "Behavioral Health Treatment Plans", by Anne Kelly, Associate Consultant will review the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) requirements of treatment planning as explained through the Interpretive Guidelines providing key considerations and observations from the field.
Also, last month The Joint Commission (TJC) published the Top TJC Deficiencies for 2022. This list is consistent with what has been published in previous years, so, why are we unable to eliminate these findings? Patricia Cook, Senior Consultant and Head of Consulting Services offers some strategies for finally conquering these issues and the commitment it will take to overcome them in her article, "What are the Top TJC Deficiencies and how can we overcome them?"
We hope you find these articles informative and helpful in assisting you with your ongoing regulatory readiness. Please feel free to reach out to us at email@example.com with any topics you would like to see featured or for any service needs you may have.
About the Authors
Anne Kelly is an Associate Consultant with Courtemanche and Associates. In this role, she is responsible for assessing healthcare organizations’ readiness for licensing, accreditation, and regulatory compliance. Anne is trained in the survey process, auditing approach and survey outcome determination utilized by The Joint Commission, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and other regulatory agencies and accrediting organizations. She assists organizations with pre-survey, intra-survey and post-survey activities, education, patient safety strategies, and quality improvement initiatives.
With more than 30 years of clinical and leadership experience working in varying healthcare positions, Anne has held various Quality, Accreditation and Patient Safety leadership positions. As Chief Quality and Compliance Officer with Acadia Healthcare, a leading provider of Behavioral Health services in the United States, she led the enterprise-wide Corporate Compliance Program and quality initiatives.
About the Authors
Pat Cook is a Senior Consultant and Head of Consulting 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.
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