Thursday, June 28, 2007

Deadly accreditation, A Time for Outsourcing.

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Troy Lair, President of The Compliance Doctor, LLC Says 'Deadly Accreditation at Ambulatory Surgery Center Signals Imminent Need for Outsourcing Accreditation Needs'
Houston nurse who set deadly fire to surgical suite blames bungled accreditation project! The accreditation process at a Houston cosmetic and laser surgery office turned deadly March 28 when a stressed 33-year-old licensed vocational nurse set a small fire to her office after-hours to destroy accreditation paperwork to buy herself more time, killing three and injuring six, according to Troy Lair, president of The Compliance Doctor, LLC. The incident was featured in Outpatient Surgery Magazine, May 2007 - yet has received very little nationwide attention. Says Lair, "This incident takes the stress of accreditation to a heightened level of concern and marks perhaps the first time ever that lives have been lost in the quest to deter the re-accreditation process. We extend our heartfelt condolences to the many friends, family, and coworkers affected by this tragic loss."



Marina Del Rey, CA, (PRWEB) JUNE 27, 2007 -- The accreditation process at a Houston cosmetic and laser surgery office turned deadly March 28 when a stressed 33-year-old licensed vocational nurse set a small fire to her office after-hours to destroy accreditation paperwork to buy herself more time, killing three and injuring six, according to Troy Lair, president of The Compliance Doctor, LLC. The incident was featured in Outpatient Surgery Magazine, May 2007 -- yet has received very little nationwide attention.



Says Lair, "This incident takes the stress of accreditation to a heightened level of concern and marks perhaps the first time ever that lives have been lost in the quest to deter the re-accreditation process. We extend our heartfelt condolences to the many friends, family, and coworkers affected by this tragic loss."



The Compliance Doctor, LLC is the stress-reducing answer to the time-honored and usually stressful process of meeting the various hospital and outpatient surgery center accreditation requirements nationwide. They provide comprehensive compliance and accreditation support to LTC Facilities, Sub-Acute Hospitals, Ambulatory Surgery Centers, Office Based Surgery Suites, Diagnostic Testing Facilities, Sleep Centers and Labs, Physical Therapy Rehab Centers, and Acute Care Facilities.



When asked why she set fire to her office, the woman told her boss that the surveyor was due to visit the next day and she had procrastinated in preparing paperwork needed for an accreditation survey, despite the fact that she told her boss that the paperwork was completed. She confessed to arson authorities that she went to such lengths to keep her fabricated accreditation tale from caving in.



Although an extreme case, the stress that underlines and propels the accreditation process can often send employees into early retirement, resignation, or find some way to circumvent accreditation documentation duties.



Adds Lair, "When the process is so cumbersome and time-consuming, and often given to an employee or team that has clinical duties they must also balance, it just makes sense to outsource this essential function to an organization that specializes in getting the job done -- on time, and at a very affordable price." The Compliance Doctor dispatches professionals to their clients' sites for their proven Preventive Maintenance and Accreditation Services (PMAS) Compliance Program, as well as many other important services.

Lair explains that The Compliance Doctor, LLC customizes its accreditation and survey readiness services to exceed client needs for the following groups: Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Healthcare (AAAHC), The Joint Commission (JCAHO), Institute for Medical Quality (IMQ), American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities, Inc. (AAAASF), American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), Department of Health Services (DHS), Center for Medicare Services (CMS), and Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA). The Compliance Doctor, LLC offers a "Preventative Maintenance and Accreditation Service" (PMAS) program, with fees as modest as $5,000- $8,000. For more information, please contact The Compliance Doctor, LLC President Troy Lair,

310-566-7282, troylair@thecompliancedoctor.com

http://www.thecompliancedoctor.com. http://www.thecompliancedoctor.biz





To set up an interview with Troy Lair, please contact Peggy Frank, Frank Public Relations Worldwide, at 818-735-3591, or pfrank@frankpr.com, www.frankpr.com.



For the complete article in Outpatient Surgery Magazine, May 2007, see http://www.outpatientsurgery.net/2007/os05/feeling_the_heat.php







About The Compliance Doctor, LLC

The Compliance Doctor provides comprehensive compliance and accreditation support nationally to LTC Facilities, Sub-Acute Hospitals, Ambulatory Surgery and Cosmetic Surgery Centers, Physician Based Surgery Suites, Diagnostic Testing Facilities, Sleep Centers and Labs, Physical Therapy Rehab Centers, and Acute Care Facilities. The Compliance Doctor customizes its accreditation and survey process services to exceed client needs for the following groups: The Joint Commission (JCAHO), Institute for Medical Quality (IMQ), American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities, Inc. (AAASF), Department of Health Services (DHS), Center for Medicare Services (CMS), and Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA). The Compliance Doctor is the recognized, coast-to-coast stress-reducing answer to the time-honored and usually stressful process of meeting accreditation and survey requirements nationwide. They provide comprehensive compliance and accreditation support to LTC Facilities, Sub-Acute Hospitals, Ambulatory Surgery and Cosmetic Surgery Centers, Physician Based Surgery Suites, IDTF Models, Adult Health Programs, Physical Therapy Rehab Centers, and Acute Care Facilities. http://www.thecompliancedoctor.com.



Contact Information
Peggy C, Frank, MBA
The Compliance Doctor
http://www.thecompliancedoctor.com.
818-735-3591

Sunday, June 17, 2007

HIPAA and RED BAGs


 


 


 


 

The Compliance Doctor, LLC


 


 

YOU SHOULD CARE ABOUT HIPAA and RED LABELED WASTE, YOUR LICENSE MAY BE IN JEOPARDY IF YOU DON'T!


 


 

Every Med Spa center has the responsibility to meet all federal and state regulations pertaining to the operations of such a facility. This includes the adherence to HIPAA,

OSHA and the proper disposal of waste. All centers are encouraged to maintain copies of client histories but, does your center protect this information? How is it protected? Is it compliant to the standards of Title XXII of California Department of Health and Human Services? When a client enters your center, are they asked to sign in on a sheet that other names are made public? Do you think that having retail is the key to being exempt from HIPAA? If you answered yes to any of these questions, this is a problem.

A successful MedSpa starts with being in compliance with all of these points for discussion.


 

You may feel that inside the walls of your center which are equipped with the best products, service, equipment, attractive staff, and atmosphere you ask yourself why are some MedSpa's more successful than others? MedSpa's are opening up in record numbers around the country but when you browse through your local career websites, you will find that the staff turnover rate is increasingly high. With such a high turnover rate, your exposure to litigation, violations, and possible licensure disciplinary action from the boards increases two fold. For every new hire, your risk is increased by 50%. When was the last time you ensured that your staff were in-serviced and quizzed on the regulations of HIPAA for privacy and release of medical information?


 

What is happening in this arena, where you can find the best of both worlds, integrating medical grade products and procedures with a spa and retail like atmosphere? Here you start to build a recipe for success and you find yourself constantly looking for new clients and new staff. Not only is it not advisable to be doing both simultaneously, it is also detrimental to any business to be at the mercy of a trainee while trying to retain current clientele. Staff development and training to your spa's policy and procedures regarding HIPAA and OSHA training is so very important, yet a recent survey detected only 30% of new hires were getting any training at all, not to mention HIPAA and OSHA specifically.


 

Patient Health Information is protected under federal law and if you are a Spa under the supervision of a Medical Doctor, then you are a MedSpa and you must comply. This means you, the owner, medical director, allied health professional, office manager, receptionist, cashier, and anyone else in who is employed or contracted by the center. The Federal Government takes this very seriously. Consumers are becoming increasingly more aware of this and they know they have rights and the right to file complaints and file suits.


 


 


 

Proper disposal of Bio Hazardous Waste


 

After the allied health professional performs Botox injections, how do they dispose of the needle and syringe? Do they participate in recapping? Have you or anyone else in the MedSpa been guilty of cross-contamination? A Los Angeles Physician was recently suspended from licensure for sixteen months secondary to sticking a soiled needle into the vial of a sterile med. Are you at risk of being disciplined for similar acts of lazy and negligent procedure? "Don't ever under estimate the consumers awareness of proper procedure", this, now non-working, physician warns.


 


 

The Compliance Doctor, LLC
can safeguard your center and assist you with complying with all of the federal and state regulations including HIPAA and OSHA Certification. We are a healthcare consulting firm that specializes in the development, training, licensure, certification, and recruitment of healthcare professionals.

For a small fee of $500.00, we will come into your facility, assess your strengths and weaknesses and at the same time give you advice and quick solutions to improve your integrity against such litigation. And, if you call and mention this article, we'll throw into the sale a full service training session of both: HIPAA and OSHA with documented staff participation and agenda for your records in order to meet state mandates.


 

Many clients, like you, have called taking that first step of ensuring compliance. Call today, tomorrow may be too late! 310-566-7282 or email us @ info@thecompliancedoctor.com


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

our expanded menu of services add the ease...

We officially launched our newest website. The Web Address:

www.thecompliancedoctor.biz

At this site, you'll be able to take advantage of our totally customized, tailored packages to meet all of the ambulatory surgery center's needs while optimially reaping the compliance results on the standards from the AAAHC, AAAASF, IMQ, and The Joint Commission. We are so excited to have this finally get off the ground and take a life of it's own. Policy in individual form is only $28.00 each or you can take advantage of the entire manual containing each and everyone of our procedures of current, past, and yester-year for the affordable price of only $1899 - A REAL BARGAIN for you Bargain Shoppers!

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