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The drivers and domains of Affordable Care Act (ACA) are focused on patient-centered care, ability to improve quality, and reduce cost of care. The C-suite is faced with cultural, operational, and organizational changes. As the foundation of the healing environment, flooring is the most visible component of the space, and provides the surface for all activity. In healthcare organizations, flooring represents a significant investment over the life-cycle of the facility, literally underpinning all healthcare delivery activities. All rubber flooring is not created equal, the composition and coating of a manufacturer’s rubber flooring products differ greatly in maintenance needs. In the health system, capital dollars are few and far between, when funds are allocated facilities must make the best use of funds as it relates to LCCA and ROI.
The built-environment defines patient outcomes, delivery of care, and operational outcomes by the reimbursement drivers under Pay-for Performance (P4P) and Value-based Purchasing (VBP). Credible product selection is based on evidence, as defined by the stakeholder goal. True evaluation as it pertains to product selection/de-selection must be undertaken to define product attributes as they relate to the ACA domain drivers. Evidence and outcomes define performance attributes of rubber flooring as it relates to creating safer spaces for safety, acoustics, maintenance, ergonomics, infection control, and patient-experience.
The “new normal” has transformed what key stakeholders demand from flooring products. The value attributes of rubber flooring, as defined by this course, showcase a “holistic approach to safety” in the healing environment from the floor up as it relates to acoustics, ergonomics/fatigue, infection control, slip/trip/fall and chemicals and maintenance. Rubber flooring provide a sound focus on actionable impact as it relates to outcomes and reimbursables centered on operational optimization, clinical efficiency, safety, sustainability and patient/caregiver satisfaction.
Explain how the use of rubber flooring in healthcare environments addresses the drivers of the Affordable Care Act (ACA): Pay-for Performance (P4P), Value-Based Purchasing (VBP), HCAHPS domains and Hospital-Acquired Conditions (HAC).
Discuss the value attributes of rubber flooring, and how informed product decisions drive product selection in support of: clinical efficiency, operational outcomes, safety and patient satisfaction scores.
Review the available “Tools and Resources” developed for managing risk and improving the healing environment such as: The FGI Safety Risk Assessment (SRA), The Joint Commission (TJC) Targeted Solutions Tool (TST), The Center for Health Design, and related organizations and initiatives.
Evaluate goals in flooring selection and design as they relate to evidence-based product attributes that distinguish rubber flooring and P4P drivers of: cleanliness and quietness of the healing environment, patient experience, falls and trauma, infection control and clinical outcomes.
Sandra Soraci, EDAC, LEED AP, NCIDQ, IIDA
Marketing Leader, Health Care Solutions
nora systems, Inc.
As a healthcare designer for 20+ years, having worked for a top 10 A&D firm and an acute care hospital; my strengths in the built-environment were an easy transition to the manufacturer side. As Marketing Leader, Health Care Solutions, at nora systems, Inc., we are leading an innovative approach as a flooring manufacturer. Through informed decisions, to address perceived barriers in support of our stakeholder values and patient-centered care in the built-environment. Through product solutions that support the principles of evidence-based design; in response to the emotional and physical experience in the healing environment. As a thought leader, I educate on product performance characteristics and provide solutions that “Create Safer Spaces”.
As a designer, my mission is to collaborate with and support the challenges that our healthcare partners are faced with given the ever-changing demands placed in the built-environment. Through this strategic approach, nora embodies the concept that flooring is the foundation of the built-environment, a structural component; that supports operational optimization, clinical efficiency and safety. Through client engagement, partnering, involving, researching and educating, the nora healthcare team addresses patient satisfaction, outcomes and cost of ownership; through high-quality, actionable and sustainable product solutions.