Orthopaedic & Spine Center of Southern Colorado is committed to providing quality service and extraordinary care to our patients and their families. We provide exceptional, world-class care from the moment you arrive. Our goal is to make you comfortable and well-informed during your time with us. Our staff would like for you to experience this world class care from the moment you enter the facility.
Orthopaedic & Spine Center of Southern Colorado is proud to work with experienced and well-qualified medical staff. Prior to granting providers privileges to Orthopaedic & Spine Center of Southern Colorado, our medical staff office completes a standard credentialing process. This provider credentialing process is the same process hospitals and other large health organizations use to validate surgeons’ education, background, and qualifications.
Our physicians comply with state and federal regulations as well as practice standards set forth by our accreditation organization. Each provider at our center is licensed by the state board of medical examiners. Most of them are also board certified in their practice specialty.
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Our ASC meets prescriptive guidelines issued by the Office of Inspector General for concurrent monitoring of fraud and abuse committed by health care professionals and medical manufacturers of goods or services.
If you have any questions or concerns about our medical staff or providers, please do not hesitate to contact our business office at (719) 282-8888.
At Orthopaedic & Spine Center of Southern Colorado, we understand every patient is unique. Using your health history, we apply our admission criteria to evaluate suitability for same-day discharge. If you have multiple active health conditions, an anesthesia provider is consulted. Diagnostic tests may be ordered before making the decision to proceed with your procedure.
If you are identified as a patient who requires resources greater than our ASC can provide, we notify your surgeon. Our primary concern is your safety.
If you have any questions about our pre-admission process, please contact our peri-operative nurse at (719) 282-8888.
Patient Health-Related Emergencies
Surgery and other invasive procedures come with risks. These risks were discussed with you by your attending physician when obtaining your informed consent. Our medical and nursing professionals are trained to respond to emergencies, such as respiratory or cardiac insufficiency or arrest.
- Certification in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) is required for anesthesia providers and nursing professionals in our ASC’s post-anesthesia care unit.
- The same professionals are required to hold Pediatric Advanced Life Support certification in ASCs where pediatric patients (newborn to age 18) are served.
- Other complications of surgery or invasive procedures can occur and will be managed by a team of professionals to ensure your personal safety.
- All unexpected patient care events are reported to our Medical Advisory Committee for quality of care evaluation. Our goal for quality achievement is to assess our performance, plan for improvement, and provide opportunities for shared learning across our organization to prevent these events in the future.
Natural and Man-Made Disasters
When it comes to natural or man-made disasters, Orthopaedic & Spine Center of Southern Colorado complies with the Emergency Preparedness Rule set forth by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The Emergency Preparedness Rule mandates all health care facilities have an emergency plan in place. The plan includes assessment of risks and preparation designed to proactively manage identified threats. Personnel are trained in emergency response. Mock drills allow us to assess response protocols and identify opportunities to improve.
The elements of the Emergency Preparedness Plan include:
- Risk Assessment and Planning – CMS requires an “all-hazards” integrated approach to prepare for a wide range of potential threats, focusing on those most likely to occur at our location.
- Policies and Procedures – ASCs must develop policies and procedures which account for all occupants (patients, physicians, and personnel) during an emergency. The plan must address how to conduct patient transfers for individuals who need more specialized care during an emergency or identify when the best course of action is to provide shelter until the emergency has stabilized or is resolved.
- Communication Plan – The communication plan coordinates all aspects of internal and external communication during an emergency, including the management of patient care and/or request for aid with agencies offering additional assistance.
- Training and Testing – The most effective way to test preparedness for any emergency is to practice. Staff training is essential to optimize safety and minimize loss of human life or business assets. A minimum of two emergency preparedness drills are required annually – one community-based and another facility-based or tabletop exercise.
In accordance with the Emergency Preparedness Rule set forth by CMS and the standards of care set forth by the Orthopaedic & Spine Center of Southern Colorado’s mission, vision, and values. Orthopaedic & Spine Center of Southern Colorado is prepared to respond to a wide-range of emergencies that may occur at our ASC. Our hope is our staff does not have to use this extensive training when providing care to you or your loved ones. In the event an emergency does occur, our team will do everything in our power to ensure the safety of our patients.
Orthopaedic & Spine Center of Southern Colorado is licensed by the state health department. Obtaining a license requires strict adherence to state regulations.
We are also accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, Inc. and the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). ASCs with these accreditations are regularly surveyed for compliance to regulations.
Certification by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
For an ASC to receive reimbursement for services provided to Medicare or Medicaid recipients, the ASC must be certified by CMS. Obtaining certification requires the same strict adherence to federal regulations outlined in Code for Federal Regulations, Title 42, Chapter IV, Subchapter B, Part 416. To qualify for certification, the ASC is evaluated for compliance to regulations by undergoing an unannounced survey. A plan of correction is required to address any non-compliance to regulations.
An ASC chooses to voluntarily seek accreditation from an accreditation organization. There are three to choose from: AAAHC (Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care), AAAASF (American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities), TJC (The Joint Commission). Regardless of the accreditation organization selected by an ASC, securing and maintaining accreditation status requires vigilant attention to elements of performance and best practice standards. The goal for any ASC is to integrate state, federal, and accreditation association standards into everyday performance by members of medical staff and ASC personnel.
Our ASC has chosen AAAHC as our accreditation organization. Surveys are typically conducted every three years. Our ASC works tirelessly to address standards as outlined by our accreditation organization. We sustain our performance of these ongoing activities by assigning specific tasks and oversight to key personnel within our ASC. If deficiencies are identified during survey conditions, we submit a plan of correction and must demonstrate adoption and sustained improvement to validate we have met all accreditation requirements. Achievement of accreditation is the gold standard for delivery of care and services. We take pride in our sustained accreditation status since opening in 2014.
For more information on the patient care standards set forth by CMS and AAAHC, please visit the following resources:
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