This past week, Debra had the pleasure to speak to the attendees at the annual meeting of the Kansas Association of Ambulatory Surgery Centers. Deb spoke on Quality Management (including Risk Management, Quality Management, QI Studies and Quality Reporting) and the use of cell phones by patients and staff. The cell phone presentation sparked some lively conversation about patients “smuggling” in cell phones for procedure recordings and the risks of employee use including HIPAA, distraction, electromagnetic interference and infection control. While we still call them “phones”, they are actually small computers and potential risks need to be discussed.
The KS Association of Ambulatory Surgery Centers has an excellent relationship with the State Department of Health and Environment. Representatives came to the meeting and discussed compliance issues, infection control and LSC changes for 2012. The top 5 deficiencies for ASCs are in the areas of Infection Control, Environment (quarterly fire drills, generator testing), Governing Body and Management, QAPI (lack of robust QI studies) and Patient Rights.
Good news: The State will reimburse an employee who takes and passes the Infection Control Certification test.
In addition to speaking, PSS was a sponsor for this conference and was able to place our ad in the syllabus so everyone could have the opportunity to check out the resources we provide!