October 2014 In This Issue
Events and Education
ASHE Update
Legislative Updates
Your Facilities Management News
Life Safety Services LLC.
Philders Group Intl Inc
Eaton
Events and Education
You can see the slides from the seminar by clicking here. Even if you aren't participating in the Roundup this year, the slides have useful tips on how your facility can save energy and money.
 
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.
 
Dubbed "the stamp of approval" by many employers, the ASHE Health Care Construction (HCC) Certificate proves to health care organizations that you have been properly trained to work in a health care construction environment—making you the desirable candidate for the job.
1.45 AHA CEUs (equivalent to 14.5 contact hours). Credit hours can be used toward the renewal of the Certified Health Care Facility Manager (CHFM) credential and the Certified Health Care Constructor (CHC) credential.
 
In this first of a series of basic skills and educational development for the healthcare facility professional, the curriculum will provide an overview of codes, standards, and best practices that are designed to better orient the future healthcare leader to the regulatory knowledge and basic physics associated with managing a complex healthcare facility.
ASHE has approved this course for 6.5 hours and .65 CEUs.
 
Naylor, LLC
Specified Technologies Inc.
Naylor, LLC
ASHE Update
The American Hospital Association, American Medical Association and American Nurses Association today expressed solidarity and stressed collaboration in the fight against Ebola. "As our nation’s strategy to address the Ebola virus continues to evolve, hospitals and their partners in nursing and medicine are coming together to emphasize that a solution-oriented, collaborative approach to Ebola preparedness is essential to effectively manage care of Ebola patients in the U.S.," the groups said in a joint statement.
SOURCE: AHA NEWS NOW
 
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a proposed methodology for determining federal payment amounts to states that establish a Basic Health Program for 2016. CMS proposes to use the same payment methodology as established for 2015, along with updated values for several factors. CMS will accept comments on the notice for 30 days after publication in the October 23 Federal Register, and plans to issue a final notice by February 2015.
SOURCE: AHA NEWS NOW
 
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today announced the Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative, which will provide up to $840 million over four years to help 150,000 clinicians improve patient outcomes and lower costs for Medicare, Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program enrollees. As part of the initiative, CMS expects to award up to $670 million to networks formed by hospital and health systems, large group practices and others to help clinician practices transform; and up to $30 million to networks formed by professional and other organizations to support the transformation networks and practices. Letters of Intent to apply for the network cooperative agreements are due Nov. 20.
SOURCE: AHA NEWS NOW
 
By Paul Keckley, PhD
A hospital serious about patient satisfaction can ill afford to be content if it scores well on standardized surveys like HCAHPS. Leaders must leverage the full range of patient satisfaction measurement tools to improve outcomes, avoid penalties and improve efficiency.
SOURCE: HOSPITALS & HEALTH NETWORKS DAILY
 
Legislative Updates
By Rick Pollak
With an election in November, Congress will not get much work done this fall. With that in mind, the American Hospital Association is laying the groundwork now to ensure that hospitals’ concerns are front and center when Congress is ready to act. Specifically, we’re working in four areas: Health care regulation, vulnerable populations, rural health, and Medicare and Medicaid funding.
SOURCE: HOSPITALS & HEALTH NETWORKS
 
Your Facilities Management News
The AHA has partnered with the Baldrige Foundation to become the lead sponsor of the 2015-2016 Health Care Criteria for Performance Excellence. A cornerstone of the Baldrige program, the criteria are a set of questions that focus on improving an organization’s results and building alignment across the organization. When the new criteria are released in 2015, AHA will provide a digital copy to each of its institutional members.
SOURCE: AHA NEWS NOW
 
By Kenneth Kaufman
Hospitals need to rethink their facility-focused business model to avoid the fate that met Blockbuster when Netflix arrived. It is incredibly difficult to be a store-based business in the United States today. Kenneth Kaufman argues that hospitals are the stores of health care and covers approaches that hospitals can take to large-scale organizational change.
SOURCE: HOSPITALS & HEALTH NETWORKS DAILY
 
By Ellie Rizzo
In collaboration with CHIME, Becker's Hospital Review's "Life of a Healthcare CIO" series features leading hospital and health system CIOs from across the country who are sharing their experiences, best practices and challenges. This edition features an interview with Robert Eardley, senior vice president and CIO at Houston Methodist.
SOURCE: BECKER’S HOSPITAL REVIEW
 
By Michelle Karpman
The safety culture of an organization is pivotal in promoting the importance of safety to members. Safety is a positive value that prevents injuries, saves lives and improves productivity and outcomes. When an organization’s leadership instills safety as a core value, it nurtures an environment of confidence and caring for all who work online.
SOURCE: FACILITY MANAGEMENT JOURNAL
 
 
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