Compliance a Key Issue Again for Healthcare Leaders at HCAG Spring 2017 Meeting

Changes in regulatory requirements continued to be a hot topic at the bi-annual meeting between ATG and healthcare facility management leaders.

For 30 years, ATG has understood the importance of working closely with healthcare facility management professionals to not only identify problems, but to collaborate on strategies to solve them. The Healthcare Advisory Group (HCAG) was founded on this concept, and its bi-annual meetings provide the opportunity for focused discussions between ATG and industry leaders on the development of technologies and practices that enable hospitals to effectively address areas of need.

As was the case in previous sessions, the HCAG Spring 2017 meeting touched on a variety of topics, but compliance and changing regulatory requirements continued to be a hot button issue. This focus was due in large part to a number of changes announced by The Joint Commission over the latter part of 2016 and early 2017.  The two-day event, held at ATG headquarters and attended by representatives from healthcare systems across the country, included an in-depth look at the latest Joint Commission standards, as well as a conversation on ways to address them.

Day 1 kicked off with a discussion on new Joint Commission requirements that increase the frequency of inspections for doors, exit signs, and sprinkler heads. While the impact on resources caused by these increases can be significant, members noted that such complexities are effectively offset by existing ATG technologies. With continued input from the HCAG and other healthcare industry leaders, the ongoing development of these technologies ensures that they are always keeping pace with the latest AHJ requirements.

Continuing the focus on compliance, a subsequent conversation centered around the importance of maintaining a consistent Environment of Care rounding schedule, despite the fact that it is no longer required by The Joint Commission. Participants agreed that continuing these practices remain critical to ensuring a safe environment, whether they are required for accreditation or not.

Other day 1 highlights included topics such as Statement of Conditions processes, ventilation testing, emergency preparedness, and space characterization. The discussion on emergency preparedness was particularly robust, as members expressed views on the value of having the right tools to manage drills and exercises, as well as the dire need for emergency teams to have quick access to facility floor plans in times of crisis.

Day 2 continued on a number of topics touched upon in the previous day's session, with added attention given to reviewing and prioritizing additional features for existing technologies that the group deemed to be most critical. Development of new solutions was also a focus, with topics ranging from research space management to behavioral health and infection control.

As the sessions concluded, the ATG team reflected on value of the Healthcare Advisory Group, whose members once again provided many great insights. This latest meeting just further reinforced the importance of collaborating with professionals that experience, first hand, the day-to-day challenges of managing today's healthcare facilities.

ATG remains committed to its close working relationships with healthcare industry leaders and would like to recognize and thank our Spring 2017 participants:

  • Mike Craig
    Director of Engineering
    Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL

  • Dan Eyerly
    Facilities Director
    Children's Hospital & Medical Center - Omaha, Omaha, NE

  • Matthew Griner
    Facility Regulatory Coordinator
    Palmetto Health, Columbia, South Carolina

  • Odell Hall
    Director of Facilities at LifeBridge Health
    Northwest Hospital Center, Randallstown, MD

  • Eric Herrera
    Director of Engineering
    Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital, Katy, TX

  • Chet Howard
    Director - Maintenance
    Arkansas Children's Hospital, Little Rock, AR

  • Rashad Mujeebuddin
    Construction Information Systems Manager
    Northwestern Medicine, Chicago, IL

  • Robert Nightingale
    Environmental Health & Safety Manager
    Edward Hospital, Naperville, IL

  • Jeff Robbins
    Facilities Director
    Children's Hospital & Medical Center – Omaha, Omaha, NE

  • Ericka Wylie-Chambers
    Emergency Management Coordinator at LifeBridge Health
    Northwest Hospital Center, Randallstown, MD

  • Bob Best
    Director, Business Op Tech Services, Chicago Operations
    JLL, Chicago, IL

  • Chad Pinnell
    Managing Director, Healthcare Solutions
    JLL, Columbus, OH

  • Ed Ricard
    Managing Director, Healthcare Management
    JLL, Peachtree, GA

  • Leonna “Penny” Rodriguez
    Corportate Director, Quality & Compliance (Adventist)
    JLL, Chicago, IL

  • Jay Balapa
    Vice President, Enterprise Solutions Division
    ATG

  • Sam Dimopoulos, NCARB
    Senior Consultant
    ATG

  • Mike Hakbaz
    Managing Director, Healthcare Solutions & President
    ATG

  • Joe Mensik
    Regional Director - Healthcare
    ATG

  • Mike Mostardi, P.E.
    Regional Director - Healthcare
    ATG

  • Ken Mustafa
    Regional Director - Healthcare
    ATG

  • Theodore T. Pappas
    Vice President, Facility Services Division
    ATG


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