October 2022 Newsletter

In the News This Month

Greetings Everyone,


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

Orderlies assisting patient in hospital

Sep 28 2022

Key Considerations When Utilizing Ancillary Staff for Patient Care Support
Many Healthcare Organizations are challenged with shortfalls in patient care staffing which often requires Leadership to shift manpower resources to more direct support roles and responsibilities. Although this practice can be an effective means to plug people into open slots, leadership must ensure that these resources are set up ...
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About the Authors

Christopher Pratt, MS, BSN, HACP

Chris Pratt is a Senior Consultant with Courtemanche and Associates with more than 33 years in clinical and leadership experience working in varying healthcare positions from the bedside to the Boardroom. In this role, he is responsible for assessing healthcare organizations’ readiness for licensing, accreditation, and regulatory compliance. He is trained in the survey process, auditing approach and survey outcome determination utilized by The Joint Commission, DNV, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and other regulatory agencies and accrediting organizations. He assists organizations with post-survey activities, education, patient safety strategies, and quality improvement initiatives and has experience in various health care settings including acute care, behavioral health, and ambulatory care settings.

Courtemanche & Associates Healthcare Consultant Chris Pratt
Healthcare worker sterilizing work space

Sep 28 2022

Common Environment of Care Clinical Findings
Environment of Care - Clinical Findings While doing tracers over the last year the consulting team is consistently finding the same issues in the clinical environment. Here are a few concerns that are commonly seen not only in the patient care areas but throughout organizations. Compliance with Contact Times ...
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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.

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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

Sep 7 2022

Survey Readiness Planning
This month’s C-APPS tools have been selected to help you and your organization prepare and smoothly execute your survey.
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September Focus

Survey Readiness Planning

This month's package includes:

  • Survey Planning & Execution Checklist
  • Human Resources File Checklist
  • Medical Staff Appointment Checklist
  • Medical Staff Reappointment Checklist
  • Scribe Documentation Tool

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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