3 key ways ASCs can improve quality through staffing

There are several ways ASCs can improve quality by making staffing changes. Here are three tips from experts across the country.

Here are the key details to know:

1. Develop a quality assurance program. An ASC administrator is integral to a quality assurance performance improvement program, according to a Lakewood, Colo.-based Pinnacle III blog. Developing a process for establishing oversight of the QAPI program is essential for ASC administrators. Following an organizational chart can help administrators keep track of who is accountable for the program.

2. Hire or train an infection preventionist. In an Outpatient Outcomes report, Medline recommended ASCs develop the infection preventionist position. ASC infection preventionists can analyze infection rate data, including if any PPI items are responsible for a spike in infections. Infection preventionists can then share insights on safer product alternatives based on the latest news and research with ASC staff.

3. Prepare clinical directors for random surveys. If a surgery center is going through an unannounced survey, clinical directors can guide the staff to help ensure quality of care stays consistent, according to Pinnacle III's blog. ASCs should hire clinical directors who are excellent communicators and can engage physicians, patients and vendors successfully.

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