Infection Control

Tip of the week: Ensure your ASC is CMS compliant

Infection Control Weekly Monitor, March 3, 2010

In the last year the infection prevention landscape has changed considerably for ambulatory surgery centers (ASC). Stricter regulations from CMS, and more money to enforce those regulations, have put ASCs in the spotlight to ensure their infection prevention program relies on proven best-practices.

In the past, ASCs have focused exclusively on infection prevention outcomes rather than processes, says Dawn Q. McLane RN, MSA, CASC, CNOR, chief development officer for Nikitis Resource Group and AAAHC surveyor for ASC accreditation and Medicare certification. The new CMS Conditions for Coverage force ASCs to not only appoint someone in charge of the infection prevention program, but also closely assess the risks in their facility to build policies around those risks.

On April 21st at 1 p.m. EST, McLane will join IC consultant and OSHA Healthcare Advisor blogger Libby Chinnes, RN, BSN, CIC for a 90-minute Webcast, "Infection Prevention Survey Strategies for ASCs: Comply with CMS' Conditions for Coverage." Viewers will receive regulatory advice and expectations directly from a Medicare surveyor, along with tools and guidance from an experienced IC consultant.

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