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Year of the Nurse - November 2020 - Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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N O V E M B E R 2 0 2 0 • O U T P A T I E N T S U R G E R Y . N E T • 3 7 In normal circumstances, the focus on safety and quality excellence is paramount for any ambulatory surgery center. But especially now, the highest performance in key operational areas is critical to mitigating risk, increasing patient safety and delivering quality health care that's second to none. For more than 45 years, organizations like yours have relied on our industry-vetted standards and practical surveyor expertise to help boost consistency, streamline processes and enhance treatment practices. Don't just take our word for it. Our ambulatory-accredited customers know better than anyone the kind of support and guidance you can expect from working with the Joint Commission team. Visit jointcommission.org. To speak to one of our team experts, please call (630) 792-5286 or email ahcquality@jointcommission.org Evolving with Care Your commitment to patient safety and quality care has never wavered. Neither has ours. ing virtual or hybrid survey models as a complement to the onsite sur- vey. Additionally, AAAHC is commit- ted to keeping clients apprised of changes to the current guidance related to the pandemic and impacts on accreditation. As AAAHC continues surveying organizations, continuous readiness becomes ever more important. Some organiza- tions may have been unable to com- ply with all requirements depending on their situation during COVID-19. Readiness checklists offered by AAAHC provide guidance on specific COVID-19 pandemic considerations regarding resuming onsite patient care and compliance with the orga- nization's standards. • HFAP. When onsite survey activ- ity was paused for several months, HFAP began collecting data from facilities waiting to be surveyed with regard to the impact COVID-19 has had on their organization and condi- tions in their community. HFAP con- tinues to collect this information and make scheduling decisions based on conditions on the ground and avail- ability of surveyors. While HFAP is interested in looking at aspects of accreditation that might be effective- ly handled virtually, the organization believes nothing can replace the experience of having a survey team on-site to observe actual practice and provide educational insights that lead to quality improvement. — Danielle Bouchat-Friedman to prepare for reaccreditation about a year in advance. "Shortly after a survey is completed, you receive your findings and the

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