For facility managers at hospitals, outpatient clinics, assisted living centers, and skilled nursing homes, the COVID-19 pandemic added layers of complexity to an already challenging “to do” list.
Throughout the crisis, and as we move forward, maintaining regulatory compliance remains at the top of that list. Staying compliant with healthcare regulations from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) isn’t easy, even in the best of circumstances. It also isn’t negotiable. Compliance is required to avoid the risks of penalties and lost reimbursement.
Compliance is also incredibly time-consuming, from arranging the employee schedule to keeping the necessary documentation up-to-date. Related inspections can be required weekly, monthly, quarterly, or annually, further complicating life for facility managers and their staff.
Protect your team’s time
If your team had nothing to do but handle the required inspections, life would be easier. However, that’s not the reality most facility managers face every day. The professionals you manage have other daily responsibilities too, from essential maintenance to unexpected repairs. Emergencies arise, posing another challenge. With competing priorities, how do you get everything handled, approved, and documented?
The breadth of areas covered under the regulations is vast and includes:
- Fire damper inspections and repairs
- Air change reports
- Backflow preventer inspections
- Exit light inspections
- Fire extinguisher inspections
- Fire-rated wall penetration inspections
- Fire/smoke-rated door inspections
Who has time for all the inspections and the critical paperwork?
To handle the necessary tasks, stay compliant, and ensure that employees are deployed where and when they are needed, many facility managers are beginning to outsource some aspects of the regulatory compliance package. If you are considering this step, it pays to ask the right questions before choosing a compliance partner, including:
- What experience do you have in my industry?
- Can you provide references from other clients who use your regulatory compliance services?
- Which compliance areas do you handle?
Regulatory Compliance Services: Consolidate the work
Lee Company’s package of Regulatory Compliance Services makes it easy to delegate the work your team doesn’t have time to personally handle. Our knowledgeable, detail-oriented professionals help healthcare customers with everything from annual air change reports to exit light inspections; we even take care of the documentation that will be ready for an inspector to review. Simply tell us what compliance tasks you want to outsource, and we take it from there.