Environment of Care (EC) Consulting

Environment of Care (EC) Consulting

Our Continuous Readiness Program (CRP) acts as an audit of your Environment of Care Program.

The Joint Commission has accredited hospitals for more than 50 years. Today it accredits approximately 4,250 general, children’s, long term acute, psychiatric, rehabilitation and surgical specialty hospitals, and accredits 358 critical access hospitals maintaining a unique accreditation program for these organizations. Approximately 88 percent of the nation’s hospitals are currently accredited by The Joint Commission.

Benefits of Accreditation

Hospitals seek Joint Commission accreditation because it:

  • Strengthens community confidence in the quality and safety of care, treatment and services
  • Provides a competitive edge in the marketplace
  • Improves risk management and risk reduction
  • Helps organize and strengthen patient safety efforts
  • Provides education on good practices to improve business operations
  • Provides professional advice and counsel, enhancing staff education
  • Provides a customized, intensive process of review grounded in the unique mission and values of the organization
  • Enhances staff recruitment and development
  • Provides deeming authority for Medicare certification
  • Recognized by insurers and other third parties
  • May reduce liability insurance costs
  • Provides a framework for organizational structure and management
  • May fulfill regulatory requirements in select states

Standards

Joint Commission standards address the hospital’s performance in specific areas, and specify requirements to ensure that patient care is provided in a safe manner and in a secure environment. For 2009, the standards-based performance areas for hospitals are:

  • Environment of Care
  • Emergency Management
  • Human Resources
  • Infection Prevention and Control
  • Information Management
  • Leadership
  • Life Safety
  • Medication Management
  • Medical Staff
  • National Patient Safety Goals
  • Nursing
  • Provision of Care, Treatment, and Services
  • Performance Improvement
  • Record of Care, Treatment, and Services
  • Rights and Responsibilities of the Individual
  • Transplant Safety
  • Waived Testing

TSIG Consulting, Inc. (TSIG) is proud to offer healthcare facilities a comprehensive and regular audit process for your Environment of Care Program via our Continuous Readiness Program (CRP). This program consists of regularly scheduled, on-site visits that include a comprehensive review of all your EC Elements of Performance; via compliance verification of records and documents (including all Management Plans, Risk Assessments, Annual Evaluations, EC Reporting & Committee Activities, Fire Drill & Alarm Testing, ILSM, PCRA, detailed review of your LSA, Performance Improvement Plans, etc.). We don’t miss a beat! Each scheduled visit includes a physical site evaluation consisting of random staff challenges in mock survey fashion combined with a hazard surveillance and life safety tour.

Additional benefits include: Assistance with EC documentation and program development, preparation of Periodic Performance Review (PPR) & Measures of Success (MOS) materials. Our Continuous Readiness Program can help EC professionals significantly enhance their confidence & capabilities during time of survey.

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