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Battle Post-op Pain Without Opioids - April 2016 - Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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constructed surgical centers that may require accreditation for third-party reimbursement, and a 6-month wait for a survey would entail financial hardship. Surgery centers that are already Medicare certified, as well as those seeking initial Medicare certification, may apply for a Medicare deemed status survey. 2. Time your surveyor's arrival Unannounced surveys typically occur within a set period of time. You can get a good idea of when your survey is coming by tracking this window — for example, you're 3 months into the 6-month time- frame — but make sure that you're ready for the visit starting on day one, says Sandy Berreth, RN, BS, MS, CASC, a surveyor with the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). "I remember last year I went on a survey and they were 1 month into their 6-month window. The administrator looked at me and said 'Oh, we didn't expect you,' and I said, 'What do you mean you didn't expect me?'" says Ms. Berreth. "People go onto these community websites and see other administrators saying that we won't come within that first month. But don't believe it. Be ready." The Joint Commission has an extranet site called Joint Commission Connect that can provide clues that your survey is on the horizon. "The site is active by 7:30 a.m. every day. If your survey is happen- ing that day, the website would warn you if you log in that morn- ing," says Steven D. Chinn, DPM, MBA, MS, CJCP, a Joint Commission surveyor. "Additionally, the Commission posts biogra- phical information on your surveyor and a draft of the survey plan well before the actual survey occurs. So, when you see that informa- tion in the portal, that's the first signal that you're in the survey hop- per and it's coming." 6 8 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • A P R I L 2 0 1 6

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