September 2014 In This Issue
Events and Education
Member Spotlight
ASHE Update
Legislative Updates
Your Facilities Management News
Life Safety Services LLC.
Philders Group Intl Inc
Eaton
Events and Education
This series is designed to provide practical knowledge vital to your facility's energy efficiency and asset protection. The focus of this session is Utility Plant Equipment Start-Up and Commissioning - "Best Practices Considering Minimal System Load and Low Flow Conditions."
.15 CEUs are available for each session.
 
All proceeds raised at this year's shoot will support our educational and technical assistance mission to assist our membership in affordable professional development. This is a prime opportunity for increased visibility and excellent networking with healthcare facility managers from across the state of Texas. Come support a worthy cause while participating in a fun and challenging sporting clay event!
 
Join TAHFM and your regional colleagues for both an educational program and networking luncheon in Lubbock, Texas! This presentation will focus on the water planning process, highlights from the current plan, recent legislation, and mostly how the lack of water in the region may affect Healthcare and Facility Management.
 
Join TAHFM for a networking luncheon and a presentation: "Barrier Management – Effective Compartmentation in Healthcare Facilities."
This event is approved by ASHE for 1.5 Contact and .15 CEUs.
 
Member Spotlight
By Beth Burmahl
MD Anderson Cancer Center was chosen as the winner of Health Facilities Management and the Association for the Healthcare Environment’s 2014 ES Department of the Year award in the 450-plus beds category. The award recognizes outstanding ES performance in 14 critical areas. Read this article to see how the MD Anderson ES team takes a multidimensional, collaborative approach to improving outcomes.
SOURCE: HEALTH FACILITIES MANAGEMENT
 
Chamberlin Roofing & Waterproofing
Specified Technologies Inc.
ASHE Update
Health Forum convened a panel of industry experts for a roundtable discussion of the critical success factors for the future. Hospitals and health systems must examine their core care delivery strategies to focus on population health management and value-based care. Read the transcript of the discussion at the link below.
SOURCE: HOSPITALS & HEALTH NETWORKS
 
Health care providers can volunteer through Oct. 3 to participate in an ICD-10 end-to-end testing opportunity with Medicare Administrative Contractors and the Common Electronic Data Interchange contractor. About 850 volunteers representing a cross section of provider, claim and submitter types will be selected to participate in the testing, scheduled for Jan. 26-30, 2015.
SOURCE: AHA NEWS NOW
 
In September the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the availability of $295 million to nearly 2,000 health centers across the country, which will expand primary care services and improve access to care.
SOURCE: THE HUMAN CAPITAL BLOG FROM THE ROBERT WOOD JOHNSON FOUNDATION
 
Legislative Updates
The Senate has approved legislation (H.R. 4994) requiring long-term care hospitals, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, skilled nursing facilities and home health agencies to report standardized patient assessment data and quality and resource use measures.
SOURCE: AHA NEWS NOW
 
The Senate voted 78-22 to approve a continuing resolution (H.J. Res 124) extending funding for all federal programs through Dec. 11. The measure now goes to the president for his signature.
SOURCE: AHA NEWS NOW
 
The Department of Health and Human Services today awarded $99 million in grants aimed at bolstering mental health services and supports for young people.
SOURCE: AHA NEWS NOW
 
Your Facilities Management News
By Jeff Ferenc
Gunderson Health System utilizes renewable energy sources including solar, wind power and biofuel to generate electricity – and the savings are significant. Catch this interview with CEO Jeffrey E. Thompson, MD in which he talks about their journey to reach energy independence.
SOURCE: HOSPITALS & HEALTH NETWORKS
 
By Katie Sullivan
Chief compliance officers (CCOs) can help heavily regulated hospitals manage risk and the regulatory landscape in an ever-changing healthcare industry, according to new PwC findings. As the industry shifts and changes, it's more important than ever to have an effective compliance function.
SOURCE: FIERCE HEALTHCARE
 
By Susan Neisloss
A favorable overall reputation is as valuable in the acute care industry as it is in any other business-to-consumer industry. Putting together a team and a plan, before a crisis occurs, can help to minimize the damage to a hospital’s reputation. Read more to learn the three elements of an effective crisis management plan.
SOURCE: HOSPITALS & HEALTH NETWORKS DAILY
 
 
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