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HSAG, the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) for California, works directly with ASCs and important stakeholders to protect patients from infections. Together, through CMS-sponsored community partnerships with the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH), and the California Ambulatory Surgical Association (CASA), we can improve patient safety and help assure your state certification.

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Health Services Advisory Group

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has partnered with Health Services Advisory Group (HSAG), as the Medicare Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) for California to help ambulatory surgical centers (ASCs) in the state increase infection control through safe injection practices and improved hand hygiene.

Through the Knock Out Infections—ASC Infection Prevention Initiative, participants have access to valuable resources and assistance to increase infection prevention efforts through improved hand hygiene and safe injection practices. Participants can collaborate with partners to spread evidence-based infection prevention best practices and receive support to implement these practices.

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California Ambulatory Surgery Association

Since 1988, CASA’s mission has been to serve as a proactive leader in the California ambulatory surgery industry. CASA has become the “go to” resource for industry professionals including the area of education and infection prevention.  CASA’s education program maintains and expands the knowledge base of ASC clinical and administrative professionals, and it serves as a vital information resource for all members. CASA offers one of the few ASC-specific infection prevention training programs in the country. This acclaimed program receives amazing reviews, and attendees respond that by implementing the components of this program, they have had successful outcomes for infection prevention and maintenance.

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California Department of Public Health

The Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAI) Program is one of two programs in the Center for Healthcare Quality of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). The HAI Program was created by mandate to oversee the prevention, surveillance, and reporting of healthcare-associated infections in California. We are happy to support this initiative by providing assistance to ambulatory surgery centers to evaluate and provide feedback on your infection control practices and offer recommendations for improvement.

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County of Los Angeles Public Health

The mission of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health's Outpatient Care Team is to enhance infection prevention and control in outpatient settings in Los Angeles County through strengthened communications and collaboration.  In 2014, the Outpatient Care team was created to protect patient safety in outpatient settings by adapting successful infection prevention strategies for use in outpatient settings, reviewing infection control protocols, supporting set up and analysis using the National Healthcare Safety Network, investigating outbreaks, and serving as a resource for healthcare-associated infection reporting, prevention, and control.

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