Facilities Management Teams Prepare For Joint Commission’s Revisions

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San Antonio’s Vanguard Resources say now is the time to get primed for the changes

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In facilities management world, it’s common knowledge that not everyone qualifies for Medicare or Medicaid. Each of these programs is geared toward a certain segment of the at-need population, and to help prevent program abuse, the U.S. government regulates each program’s benefit retrieval system using specific financial and lifestyle patient qualifiers.

“Just as not all patients qualify to receive Medicare or Medicaid, not all healthcare organizations qualify to participate as a provider of these programs,” said Ricky Powers president and CEO of Vanguard Resources. “Qualifying to present patients with these standard service lines requires facilities to meet certain Conditions of Participation (CoPs) and Conditions for Coverage (CfCs) outlined by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).”

The Joint Commission (TJC) is revising their standard elements of performance (EPs) to more accurately align with the CMS’s expectations for healthcare providers and provide a clearer and more comprehensive performance reading to the facilities it evaluates.

The new changes will affect compliance in the realms of:

  •      Environment of Care (EC): These standards determine a facility’s testing and inspection programs with regard to alarms, standard evacuation tools & procedures, staff responsibilities and power system reserves.
  • Emergency Management (EM): This determines the quality of the organization’s standard facility Emergency Operation Plan (EOP).
  • Life Safety (LM): These qualifiers determine how well a facility’s structures ensure the safety of persons within during an emergency.

“Our Vanguard Resources regulation compliance team reviewed the Joint Commission’s changes and found we already exceed the new standards,” said Fraise Granger Chief Operation Officer of Vanguard Resources. “Education and preparation is key when it comes to the new compliance standards and what they mean for us and our patients.”

About Vanguard Resources
Vanguard Resources was established in 1996 by two individuals with one common goal: develop a facility management company in which people, knowledge, skill; integrity and commitment are the key elements making a difference to our customers.

Vanguard has assembled a management team with more than 160 years of combined experience in integrated facilities management. Vanguard's founders each realized that the traditional contractor relationship was not meeting the customers' needs.

Every Vanguard executive is an expert in his or her field of operation, which leads to overall top-rate customer experiences.

Vanguard Resources offers comprehensive facility management resources to the following industries: Healthcare Facilities, Senior Services, Colleges/Universities and Business & Industrial.


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