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The December newsletter is always one of our favorite issues.  With the holiday season upon us and the New Year right around the corner, we find it is a time to both reflect and plan. 2019 has been an exciting and busy year at Courtemanche & Associates. In reflection, we welcomed many new clients and had the opportunity to partner again with many long-time clients.  We are thankful to all for choosing C&A to be a part of your organization's journey and look forward to our ongoing partnership.  This month's newsletter focuses on planning for the future.  The first article is actually Part 2 in our series on the 2019 CMS Omnibus Reduction Act and highlights more changes that will take effect in 2020.  Our second article is our gift to you.  The article is a 2020 To Do List in which we have embedded many links to valuable resources that will help you and your organization throughout 2020.
Best Wishes for a Happy, Healthy and Safe Holiday Season.
Omnibus Burden Reduction (Conditions of Participation) Final Rule CMS-3346-F Part 2

The removal of these regulations has been approved as an effort to reduce inefficiencies and improve the delivery of lower cost, high quality care with better patient outcomes. This new rule complies with President Trump's Executive order directing healthcare providers to focus on the patient as the priority. The Final rule would reduce burden for participating providers and suppliers.
A summary of the reduction measures is provided for rural health centers, federally qualified health centers, transplant centers, home health, hospices, comprehensive outpatient rehabilitation centers,community mental health centers, portable x-ray services, religious non-medical health care institutions-(RNHCIs) and certain dialysis facilities.
About the Author -  
Sherri Aleksejczyk is an Associate Consultant with Courtemanche & Associates. She is a licensed registered nurse with extensive experience ranging from education to perioperative services, as well as leadership expertise in managing many aspects of healthcare operations. She is trained in the application, teaching, and facilitation of the requirements and recommendations of The Joint Commission, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, AAAHC and other regulatory and accrediting agencies.  Read more about Sherri and our team.  
"Sherri is very knowledgeable of AORN. Great resource and teacher to all leaders."
Gwendolyn Holland, Porter Adventist Hospital

December To Do List 

While the month of December is often spent focusing on the holidays and time spent with Family and Loved ones, the end of December is often a time when we focus on reorganizing ourselves in preparation for the New Year both from a personal and work perspective.To help you along from a work perspective,  Read More for our list of Top 20 "To Do's" for 2020.
About the Author -

Christopher Pratt is an Associate Consultant with Courtemanche & Associates with more than 32 years in clinical and leadership experience working in varying healthcare positions. He retired in 2016 with over 29 years of distinguished service as a U.S. Navy Nurse Corps Officer. Clinically, he is a licensed Registered Nurse with extensive experience in critical care, medical-surgical services, ambulatory care, staff development, nursing administration and quality. Read more about Chris and our team. 
"Chris did an awesome job! It was nice to have someone with his experience and knowledge on the team. He also did an excellent job of helping my team members feel comfortable" 
Debra Huddleston, Fairview Park Hospital 

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