Ask Caryl: ASC Staff Education
Q: How should I approach providing education for my ASC's staff?
Caryl Serbin: To meet the regulatory standards of agencies such your state's department of health, accrediting organizations (e.g., AAAHC, The Joint Commission), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Occupational Safety and Health Organization (OSHA), and provide a safe working environment, educational programs for staff are required annually. These should be provided by the ASC.
Here are some points to consider when working to address educational requirements:
A staff member knowledgeable in the subject matter may present on the topic.
Consider bringing in outside instructors for training in areas such as CPR and fire safety.
Explore opportunities for staff to receive education through webinars, online training services and live conferences.
For hospital joint-venture ASCs, the hospital education department may be able to provide educational services through a contract.
For education on issues in addition to required areas, choose a topic of need/interest to several staff members and provide this education at least bi-annually. Make sure the presentation is eligible for staff CEUs.
Encourage staff members to attend conferences and/or seminars by offering to subsidize at least a part of the cost. Set a limit to the subsidy and have it available to all staff members.
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