MedTrainer experts examine some of the most pressing topics for ASCs in an exclusive three-part series. The podcasts explain the challenges of managing credentialing, accreditation, compliance and training as well as describe the features that make MedTrainer and its QuickCred and AccredAbility divisions the premier comprehensive healthcare compliance management suite for ASCs.
In the first episode, Ted Gottis, senior vice president, MedTrainer’s QuickCred division, discusses the confusion that often surrounds the credentialing process. Starting with who should be handling the process within an organization, Gottis addresses the need for ASCs to have set policies and procedures that dictate how credentialing will be handled in each organization. These policies and procedures provide ASCs with the framework needed to support the integrity of their processes and ensure that each provider is legally and professionally qualified to provide specific services and procedures.
The podcast reviews primary source verification and the benefits of primary source equivalents to verify qualifications such as education, residency, licensure, peer reviews and background checks as well as common red flags that may require further explanation and documentation. Gottis also dispels myths surrounding temporary privileges.
Tamar Glaser, vice president of accreditation compliance, MedTrainer’s AccredAbility division, breaks down accreditation processes for ASCs in the second episode of the series. Drawing from her extensive knowledge as an active surveyor for AAAASF, Glaser lays out the difference between a CMS and accreditation survey, the steps to take for reaccreditation, who needs to prepare for surveys in an ASC and how organizations can always be prepared for inspection.
Most states require ASCs to have proper accreditation in order to become Medicare certified. Some states also require accreditation. Glaser recommends how ASCs should go about choosing accrediting agencies. She also discusses the types of documentation that an ASC should have prepared before a surveyor arrives, including policies and procedures, daily logs, infection control tracking, employee files, credentialing files and quality improvement studies.
Online Learning for Compliance
The series concludes with MedTrainer’s CEO Steve Gallion discussing the benefits of online learning and training modules for ASCs. Gallion explains the benefits of online learning modules for ASCs and what to expect using an online educational tool.
Online education helps ASCs maintain training compliance and manage gaps that occur when personnel leave or new hires are brought onboard. The MedTrainer platform allows ASCs to customize educational modules to address job-specific and location-specific information to keep everyone up to date on annual mandatory training and additional in-service training. Hybrid modules can be created to reduce the time constraints on training that requires a practical skills assessment, such as Basic Life Support. In these cases, the instructional portion can be completed online with the skills assessment offered onsite at regularly scheduled intervals.
MedTrainer courses allow providers and employees to complete their training at times convenient to their individual schedules. The instructional design includes a forced learning model that prevents users from skipping around at their leisure. The courses provide small, manageable segments with comprehension checks that promote learning engagement and verify understanding. The system also stores and manages documentation of MedTrainer course as well as those completed elsewhere.