Effective Joint Commission and CMS Compliance Approaches

IAHSS Immediate Past President David LaRose describes how hospital protection professional can embrace these guidelines while improving security and safety.

Mention to a hospital security director or police chief that their healthcare facility is going to be visited by the Joint Commission or Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and their first reaction might be to panic.

According to International Association for Healthcare Security and Safety (IAHSS) Immediate Past President David LaRose, however, security directors should have nothing to fear if they set up their programs with the guidelines provided by CMS and the Joint Commission in mind.

Following these guidelines can also help you comply with National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), as well as other regulations and local ordinances.

In LaRose’s interview with Campus Safety magazine at the IAHSS 2016 annual conference, he describes the approach he takes in complying with Joint Commission and CMS guidelines.

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Robin Hattersley Gray
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Robin has been covering the security and campus law enforcement industries since 1998 and is a specialist in school, university and hospital security, public safety and emergency management, as well as emerging technologies and systems integration. She joined CS in 2005 and has authored award-winning editorial on campus law enforcement and security funding, officer recruitment and retention, access control, IP video, network integration, event management, crime trends, the Clery Act, Title IX compliance, sexual assault, dating abuse, emergency communications, incident management software and more. Robin has been featured on national and local media outlets and was formerly associate editor for the trade publication Security Sales & Integration. She obtained her undergraduate degree in history from California State University, Long Beach.

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