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What is a Compliance Officer and What is Their Value to Me?

Beverly Kirchner, BSN, Chief Compliance Officer, SurgeryDirect LLC

The compliance officer is taking on more and more responsibility in the inpatient setting and the ASC setting as risk management, HIPAA and compliance take a front row seat in the operations of health care. This program will discuss what the compliance officer does and why it is of value to you as a perioperative nurse or team member. The program will help perioperative professionals understand how to work with a compliance officer to ensure patient and team safety. The program will also help the ASC leader who wears the hat of the compliance officer understand their role in compliance and the value compliance brings to the ASC and the team working in the ASC.

Beverly Kirchner is the chief compliance officer for SurgeryDirect. She co-founded SurgeryDirect in 2015 and served as chief nursing officer and COO. In her newest role, she is responsible for creating and leading the compliance strategy for the organization; ensuring compliance with laws, regulatory requirements, policies and procedures. She is also responsible for developing, coordinating and conducting the compliance training and auditing programs. Prior to founding SurgeryDirect, Kirchner developed, managed and/or consulted on the creation of more than 55 ambulatory care facilities. Opening her first ambulatory surgery center in 1985, Kirchner saw ambulatory surgery as cutting edge health care (at that time) and where she belonged. Her career has been focused here ever since. As an award-winning speaker, published author and recognized subject matter expert, she has taught and spoken globally on leading healthcare topics. She has been an active member of several boards and advisory committees such as the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN), the Ambulatory Surgery Center Quality Collaboration (ASCQC), OR Manager Advisory Board (magazine) and the Texas Council of periOperative Registered Nurses (TCORN) as president. She has also received several honors and awards.

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