Are ASC Physical Environment Surveys Getting Tougher?

Are ASC Physical Environment Surveys Getting Tougher? Regina Boore, RN, BSN, MS, CASC and William Lindeman, AIA Are you under the impression that NFPA 101® Life Safety Code® (LSC) requirements are getting more stringent, and CMS is requiring…

Keeping Up with OSHA

Keeping Up with OSHA Regina Boore, RN, BSN, MS, CASC A little proactive effort to assess your OSHA compliance in advance of an inspection can pay big dividends later. Source: Administrative Eyecare Nov/Dec 2014

Is Annual PPD Testing a Sacred Cow?

Is Annual PPD Testing a Sacred Cow? Regina Boore, RN, BSN, MS, CASC Initial and annual risk assessments, a properly implemented hierarchy of controls, and baseline HCW screening is the most effective approach to mitigating the risk of TB…

Five Essential Steps to Understanding Effective Equipment Sterilization

Five Essential Steps to Understanding Effective Equipment Sterilization Regina Boore, RN, BSN, MS, CASC Sterile processing is one of the most critical functions in the comprehensive service of ophthalmic surgery. Addressing these five essentials…

Personal Best

Personal Best Rober Kurtz interviewing Regina Boore, RN, BSN, MS, CASC Using continuing education and certifications to support staff and add value to your ASC Source: ASC Focus May 2014

CMS Update for ASCs

CMS Update for ASCs Regina Boore, RN, BSN, MS, CASC Since the sweeping revision to the ASC Conditions for Coverage (CfC) in 2009, CMS has issued a number of clarifications, proposals, and changes. ... some warrant the attention of ASC operators. Source: AE…

ASCs Under the Looking Glass: A Regulatory Update

ASCs Under the Looking Glass: A Regulatory Update Regina Boore, RN, BSN, MS, CASC ASCs operate in a heavily regulated environment with increasing scrutiny and decreasing reimbursements. Keeping abreast of all the regulations that effect the…

Meeting the Definition of an ASC

Meeting the Definition of an ASC Regina Boore, RN, BSN, MS, CASC One of the more frequent survey citations we see involves a waiting room shared between the practice and the ASC. Does your facility fit the definition and characteristics of…

Setting Up Your Employee Health Program

Setting Up Your Employee Health Program Leanne Gallegos RN, BSN Every ASC must have a comprehensive Employee Health Program that addresses pre-employment requirements and policies and procedures intended to protect its employees and patients Source:…

Adding Accountability

Adding Accountability Debra Stinchcomb, RN, BSN, CASC How to develop a compliant and valuable QAPI program. Source: ASCA Focus March 2013