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2019 Accreditation &
Regulatory Summit
The Basics & Beyond
September 25-26, 2019
Courtyard by Marriott
Dallas / Allen
Allen, TX
2019 HACP Hospital
Preparatory Course
& National Examination
September 24-25, 2019
Courtyard by Marriott
Dallas / Allen
Allen, TX
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September 19, 2019
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2019 Accreditation & Regulatory Summit

The Basics & Beyond
The Basics & Beyond
CIHQ Will Not Be Printing Conference Binders
If you will be attending the Summit, please either print a copy of each presentation or download them to your laptop, iPad, etc.
There Will Be No Electrical Outlets Available
If you will be viewing the presentation on a personal device please make sure you have enough battery power to last all day.

Richard Curtis, RN, MS, HACP

CMS - The Latest from Baltimore
CMS continues to make significant changes to its Survey & Certification process. These changes impact hospitals regardless of who acts as their accrediting organization (AO) CIHQ staff routinely meet with top CMS officials. You’ll receive the latest information on what CMS is up to, the impact on your hospital, and much more.

Traci Curtis, BS, RCP, HACP

The Medicare Enrollment Process - The 855A
Chances are most people have little knowledge of the Medicare 855A enrollment form. That needs to change. CMS has instructed all accrediting organizations to assure that their hospitals have an accurate and up-to-date 855A. Did you know that an improperly filed 855A can result in allegations of Medicare fraud! This session will give you all the information you need to understand what the 855A is, and why it’s important to your hospital.

Richard Curtis, RN, MS, HACP

The CMS Survey & Certification Process - Hot Buttons
Think you know all about the CMS Survey & Certification process? Well, think again. Yes, we’ll cover the basics, but this presentation will also delve into little know procedures and requirements by CMS that can have a significant impact on your hospital. To be forewarned is to be forearmed.

Lisa Griswold

It’s All about Quality - One Hospital’s Success Story
At the end of the day, being successful in the regulatory environment is dependent on a hospital’s commitment to assuring safe, quality care. It’s easier said than done. How do you truly “live” a quality improvement program? Hear Great River Medical Center’s journey to making a commitment to quality and regulatory compliance that permeates the entire organization. They did it!

Judy Pugach

How to Effectively Prepare & Manage a Survey
It cannot be stressed enough. Preparing for – and managing – a survey is critically important to your hospital’s success. Those hospitals that have a well thought out “game plan” for handling surveys have better experience and outcomes than those who don’t. It really is that simple. Presbyterian Health Hospital Whittier is a large and complex medical center. They not only had a very successful CIHQ accreditation survey, but underwent a CMS validation survey that resulted in only two minor findings –in California! Learn how they galvanized their entire organization in successful survey preparation.

William Kinch, MBA, HACP

Succeeding in the Environment of Care
Non-compliance to standards in the physical environment continues to be the number one reason hospitals sustain condition-level deficiencies during accreditation or certification surveys. It’s more than just the building tour and compliance to the life safety code. This presentation will cover the full range of issues facing hospitals today. You’ll know exactly where the risk is, and how to mitigate it.

Traci Curtis, BS, RCP, HACP

Writing a Plan of Correction
Survey is over and now it’s time to write your plan of correction. It may sound anticlimactic, but it’s definitely not. Hospitals have lost their accreditation because they could not submit an acceptable corrective action plan. Learn how to write a plan of correction that not only will satisfy CMS or an accrediting organization, but will also minimize the impact on your hospital’s time and resources.

CIHQ Accredited Hospitals Luncheon Meeting

Thursday, September 26, 2019
Update to CIHQ Accreditation Standards, Policies, & Survey Procedures
(Open to CIHQ Accredited Hospitals only)