Leadership

Triumph over adversity and my rock and roll hero

Triumph over adversity and my rock and roll hero

I’ve done a lot of thinking about overcoming adversity lately.  Like anyone, I’ve had my share.  I tend to admire those who have become greatly successful despite significant challenges faced.  Part of my recent reflection comes from meeting one of my heroes the other day. […]

A planning guide for the holiday season from my school of hard knocks notebook

A planning guide for the holiday season from my school of hard knocks notebook

I don’t know about you, but I hate that we are already being bombarded with holiday stuff.  I just put my bathing suit away, realize that I am not in love with my winter wardrobe (I blame my wardrobe woes on too many years in […]

Writing Quality Studies can be easy peasy…

Writing Quality Studies can be easy peasy…

I know that writing Quality Studies can be challenging. What do we study? How do we study? How do I get it into the format I need to meet accreditation? I’ve had to write many a study and have helped others as well. I’ve seen […]

We interrupt our regular blog post….

We interrupt our regular blog post….

To my blog readers: I had planned on sending a blog to you about surgical leadership this week…but couldn’t.  You see, my family lives in Houston.  My mom, stepdad, brother, sister-in-law and nephew…are all there.  I have been feeling both distracted and helpless all week […]

My recent plumbing challenge… and what it taught me about time management.

I had a recent shower plumbing problem that was causing bathroom sharing woes in my household. I decided to hire a handyman who had done work for me in the past.  I trusted he would do a great job as at a reasonable price. I […]

Helping you prepare for emergency prep compliance: practical ways to communicate in an emergency, and build your Alternate Communication Plan

  It’s hard to think about “alternate” communication.  We are always communicating.  We are constantly receiving texts, emails, and phone calls.  Now CMS wants us to have an alternate plan, when we can barely keep up with regular communication. If you consider, however, as much […]

10 Things I wish I had learned as a Leadership Newbie

10 Things I wish I had learned as a Leadership Newbie

If you remember when you were a leadership newbie (or if you are), did you have a mentor to show you the ropes, or were you “baptized by fire”? I was recently discussing the challenges I faced as a new ASC leader with a colleague. […]

My top 10 infection control survey blunders…they may be yours too!

My top 10 infection control survey blunders…they may be yours too!

I have the privilege of assisting surgical facilities prepare for surveys.  I have seen countless wonderful, clean, well prepared centers where I would feel confident in having surgery or taking a loved one for surgery. Even in the most pristine facilities, there is sometimes an […]

How I survived my recent unannounced State Survey

How I survived my recent unannounced State Survey

  I trust you know the drill….you are sitting at your desk, working away, dealing with the issues of the day, and your front office staffer comes to your doorway with a business card in hand.  Nope, it’s not a rep…it is a surveyor, and […]

This is not a drill! It’s a plan and a CMS rule……what the CMS Emergency Preparation Rule means, and tips for compliance.

This is not a drill! It’s a plan and a CMS rule……what the CMS Emergency Preparation Rule means, and tips for compliance.

    As you may be aware, CMS added a new regulation for all Medicare suppliers including ASC’s, requiring very specific actions for Emergency Preparedness, known as the EP rule. The rule requires all of us to comply by November 2017.  At first, my thought […]