Our Licensing team routinely analyzes the most frequent and important deficiencies that we observe and posts the data on our website. We use the data to help educate the folks that we license… and to identify good topics for provider training and technical assistance (public health interventions). For example, our medical facilities licensing team has found that infection control is becoming increasingly troublesome among some dialysis providers.
That info led our medical facilities licensing team to join with our Office of Infectious Disease Services and the ADHS Healthcare Associated Infections Advisory Committee to plan and provide a day-long collaboration to our licensed dialysis providers and public health professionals. This collaborative- (known as the ADVICE collaborative – Arizona Developing Value through Innovation and Communication) will provide tools for dialysis providers to improve their infection control performance by building relationships with public health, renal associations, federal partners and other stakeholders.
The day will be spent sharing best practices, identifying new ways to promote infection control, and developing a strategic plan for future activities. We’ll also be passing on what we learn to our Healthcare Associated Infection Advisory Committee so they can develop and produce trainings and resources that will improve infection control. You can find out more about the collaborative by visiting our website. This is just one of our many examples of how we’re leveraging licensing to improve public health outcomes.