2018 – A Year of Technology and Progress

Posted Mar 26, 2018

by Barbara A. Wakeen, MA, RDN, CCHPBarbara Wakeen

The year is off to a great start at NCCHC, with lots of “new”—from our new CEO, Jim Pavletich, to advances in technology for accreditation and the Certified Correctional Health Professional program, and the 2018 Standards for Health Services. These initiatives will help correctional health professionals and their facilities in their efforts to improve health services.

A System to Simplify Accreditation Tasks
A new online portal aids accredited and soon-to-be accredited facilities in streamlining the accreditation process. This customized system enables facilities to access all of the information they need about their accreditation status, and to use their personal dashboard to monitor communications, document requests, deadlines, updates and more. For surveyors and staff, this portal will streamline activities and maintain continuity of communication—a win-win for all!

Another online service promises to simplify the documentation needed for accreditation. Jails and prisons that subscribe to the PowerDMS policy management software can access the Standards for Health Services online and organize their documentation for each standard, eliminating the need for binders of paper records. The system helps facilities to prepare for the on-site survey and can enhance the review process for both the facility and NCCHC surveyors. Please note that use of this system is not mandatory for the accreditation process. Learn more and request a demo at PowerDMS.

Is CCHP on Your 2018 List?
Have you thought about becoming a Certified Correctional Health Professional, but cannot make it to an NCCHC conference to take the exam? Computer-based testing is now available at 300 strategically located sites nationwide. This enables candidates to take the test at their convenience without having to travel to a remote test site. Exams available are CCHP, CCHP-MH, CCHP-P and CCHP-RN. All categories of exams, including Advanced, continue to be offered at NCCHC and partner conferences in pencil-and-paper format.

For insights from several professionals who have used the computer-based testing method, see this CCHP News column.

Updated Standards Coming Soon
The 2018 Standards for Health Services for jails and prisons will be published in April and available at NCCHC’s Spring Conference on Correctional Health Care. These editions were carefully updated to improve usability for achieving accreditation and optimizing inmate health care. The standards were reorganized to be more concise, and the language has been simplified throughout. For facilities undergoing an accreditation survey in 2018, compliance with the new standards is based on your survey date. Please see Compliance Dates for 2018 Standards.

CEUs All Around
Watch for upcoming NCCHC webinars to earn your continuing education credit between attending NCCHC conferences. Also, visit NCCHC University for past recorded presentations and webinars. The Journal of Correctional Health Care’s self-study exam is another great way to earn CEUs—and CCHPs receive a complimentary online subscription to JCHC as a benefit of certification!

Speaking of NCCHC conferences and progress, “Purpose Progress Perspective” is the theme of the Spring Conference, April 21-24 in Minneapolis—a new destination for us. I look forward to seeing you there!

— Barbara A. Wakeen, MA, RDN, CCHP, is the chair of NCCHC’s board of directors and principal of Correctional Nutrition Consultants, Ltd.