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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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for Surgical Services
August 29, 2019
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2019 Accreditation & Regulatory Summit

The Basics & Beyond
The Basics & Beyond

Featured Speakers & Topics

Richard Curtis, RN, MS, HACP

Topic: CMS - The Latest from Baltimore
Topic: The CMS Survey & Certification Process - Hot Buttons
Richard (Rick) Curtis is the Chief Executive Officer for CIHQ. Mr. Curtis is nationally recognized as an expert on standards and the CMS Certification & Survey Process. As CEO, Mr. Curtis successfully guided CIHQ in becoming the nation’s 4th CMS approved deeming authority for acute care hospitals.
Mr. Curtis has been a regular speaker at numerous state and national conferences on the CMS survey process.
Mr. Curtis is nationally certified in healthcare accreditation, and serves as Chair of the Board of Examiners for the Healthcare Accreditation Certification Program (HACP). Mr. Curtis has a degree in Nursing from the University of Hawaii, with a Master’s Degree in Health Services Administration.

Traci Curtis, BS, RCP, HACP

Topic: The Medicare Enrollment Process - The 855A
Topic: Writing a Plan of Correction
Traci Curtis is the Chief Operating Officer for CIHQ. Mrs. Curtis serves as the liaison between CIHQ and CMS, and oversees the infrastructure necessary to administer CIHQ’ hospital accreditation program. Mrs. Curtis is responsible for CIHQ surveyor/consultant training and onboarding, as well as providing standards interpretation to member organizations.
Mrs. Curtis received her degree in education from Pima in Tucson Arizona. She is nationally certified in healthcare accreditation, and serves on the Board of Examiners for the Healthcare Accreditation Certification Program.

Judy Pugach

Topic: How to Effectively Prepare & Manage a Survey
Judy Pugach is a graduate of the Cochran School of Nursing, St. John’s Riverside Hospital in New York. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the C. W. Post College, Long Island University, and a Master’s Degree in Public Health from California State University at Long Beach.
Ms. Pugach has over 40 years of nursing experience, with the last 20 years in executive leadership. She is currently the Vice President of Regulatory Affairs at PIH Health in Whittier, California.

Lisa Griswold

Topic: It’s All about Quality - One Hospital’s Success Story
Lisa Griswold is the Director of Quality Resources with the Great River Health System in West Burlington, IA. Ms. Griswold is responsible for Quality, Corporate Compliance, Infection Control, Safety, Patient Experience, Accreditation, Regulatory Compliance, Strategic Dashboard, Board Quality Reporting, Case Management and Clinical Documentation Improvement. Ms. Griswold is an RN with a Master’s degree in business administration from St. Ambrose University in Davenport, IA.

William Kinch, MBA, HACP

Topic: Succeeding in the Environment of Care
William (Billy) Kinch is a senior facilities specialist surveyor with CIHQ specializing in environmental health and safety. Mr. Kinch is responsible for standards development and interpretation for physical environment standards for CIHQ.
Mr. Kinch received his Master Degree in Business Administration from Phoenix University, and is a certified healthcare accreditation specialist (HACP).

Billy, Traci & Rick

Topic: Stump the Experts
William Kinch is a senior facilities specialist surveyor with CIHQ specializing in environmental health and safety.
Traci Curtis is the Chief Operating Officer for CIHQ.
Richard Curtis is the Chief Executive Officer for CIHQ.
*The panel is subject to change.