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2022 Ethics and Compliance Week: join ANTHC Ethics and Compliance Services for coffee and training!

November 7th, 2022 by ANTHC Ethics and Compliance Services

Meet your Ethics & Compliance Department and join an upcoming info session to learn more about policies and procedures at ANTHC, including our new policies portal that will be going live soon! *The links are correct for Tuesday and Wednesday. We are sorry if you tried to join Monday and it didn’t work, and we hope you can make it to a session.*

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New and updated policies and procedures: October 2022

October 31st, 2022 by Ginnie Occhipinti

The following policies and procedures have been recently updated. Below is an update on key changes and where to find the updated policies and procedures. Harassment, Discrimination, Retaliation, and Abuse of Power Prevention Policy: Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC) is committed to providing an environment that promotes equal opportunities and prohibits discriminatory practices, including sexual and other discriminatory harassment and retaliation.  In keeping with this commitment, ANTHC will not tolerate unlawful discrimination (including any form of unlawful harassment or …

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New, updated and archived policies and procedures: September 2022

September 23rd, 2022 by Ginnie Occhipinti

The following policies and procedures have been recently updated. Below is an update on key changes and where to find the updated policies and procedures. Leave of Absence Policy: This policy provides a means for departments to maintain continuity of service in instances where an employee requires time off for planned, unplanned, or medical reasons. Paid Parental Leave Policy: This policy provides up to 6 weeks of paid parental leave to employees following the birth of an employee’s child, the …

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New ANTHC policy and procedure updates

September 14th, 2022 by Ginnie Occhipinti

The following policies and procedures have been recently updated. Below is an update on key changes and where to find the updated policies and procedures. Restraint Procedure #101-12: The procedure states all patients have a right to be free from restraint or seclusion not medically necessary or imposed as a means of coercion, discipline, convenience, or retaliation by staff.  Restraint or seclusion may only be imposed to ensure the immediate physical or medical safety of the patient, a staff member …

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New ANTHC policy and procedure updates

August 22nd, 2022 by Fiona Brosnan

Patient Self-Determination Procedure: This procedure provides guidance to ANMC staff to comply with applicable federal and state laws and accreditation requirements regarding patient self-determination in health care decisions and advance health care directives. This procedure also delineates specific ANMC staff responsibilities regarding patient self-determination and advance health care directives. Expected Home Death in the Anchorage Municipality Procedure: The procedure was updated to replace references to the Comfort One program with the Alaska POLST orders. We added definitions for “terminal condition,” …

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Policy and procedures update

June 6th, 2022 by Ginny Occhipinti

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for Infection Prevention and Control Procedure: The procedure provides guidelines for the use of PPE during patient care to prevent the transmission of infectious agents associated with healthcare delivery. Standard Precautions Procedure: This is a new procedure which provides guidelines for interactions between patients and ANMC employees, contract workers, students, and volunteers to prevent the transmission of infectious agents associated with healthcare delivery. Failure Mode Effect Analysis (FMEA) Policy: Establishes the framework for the process of conducting a Failure Mode Effect Analysis (FMEA) at ANMC. Legal Guardian Notation Procedure 101-14D with …

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Updated COVID-19 Employment & Timekeeping FAQ’s

June 2nd, 2022 by Chelsea Wells

Below is an updated FAQ document highlighting ANTHC’s procedures for COVID-19 leave and isolation requirements, timekeeping and other helpful resources. For additional information, the ANTHC Employee Health COVID-10 procedure can be found here. Employee Health (M-F): (907) 729-4578 or (907) 729-2900 Employee Health email: _aka-employeehealth@anthc.orgHuman Resources: (907) 729-1301 Information on scheduling a test: https://anthc.org/covid-19-testing-at-anmc/Information on signing up for a vaccine booster: Staff are not required to have a Booster but HIGHLY encouraged.Register here: https://anthc.as.me Vaccine clinics are every Friday, 7 a.m.-11 a.m. COVID-19 Employment …

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Policy and procedure updates: drug diversion prevention, universal masking, genetic testing and transmission-based isolation precautions have been updated; Intrastate Travel for Healthcare During COVID has been retired

May 26th, 2022 by Ginnie Occhipinti

The following procedures have been recently updated: Drug Diversion Prevention Procedure: Changes to the procedure include changing “controlled substance” to “medication” and adding “non-controlled medications;” deleting ANTHC, SCF, and HR from 4.1; and editing department titles for accuracy and clarity. Universal Masking Policy: Changes to the procedure include updating language about medical-grade masks to state that staff must wear medical-grade masks (cloth masks are not allowed). Patients are encouraged to wear medical-grade masks, but cloth masks will be accepted. All …

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Policy and procedure updates

May 10th, 2022 by Ginnie Occhipinti

The following procedures have been recently updated: Environmental Rounds Program Procedure #801-02 Drug Diversion Prevention Procedure # 701-17 Employee Health Cytotoxic Screening Procedure #1100-05 Appropriate Use of the Copy and Paste Functionality in the Electronic Health Record at ANMC Procedure # 1006.01 LUCAS 3 Chest Compression System Procedure #1011-01 ANTHC Employee Health Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure Control Plan: updates include moving from being a combined SCF and ANTHC document to an ANTHC document and list of job titles. The document is …

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Update to campus masking requirements

May 4th, 2022 by Chelsea Wells

Mask wearing and vaccination remain powerful prevention strategies against COVID-19 spread and severe infection. Mask wearing remains mandatory in all clinical settings. Clinical staff must wear a hospital-grade mask, not a cloth mask. However, because community transmission levels are not in the “high” category as determined by the CDC and our organization’s policy regarding vaccination status, the need for wearing a mask in closed non-clinical areas will transition to optional on March 21. Employee-only areas, such as break rooms and …

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Social Media Reminder

March 28th, 2022 by Allison Reed

ANTHC recognizes that social media provides several benefits for employees during their own time. It is essential to understand how to manage your social media use without compromising patient privacy or violating ANTHC’s policies and procedures. Please keep in mind that violations of HIPAA and ANTHC policies and procedures may result in discipline, including immediate termination of employment. To make compliance more accessible, the ANTHC Board adopted an ANTHC Social Media Policy. All members of the ANTHC workforce should be …

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Work Restrictions for Healthcare Personnel (HCP) with COVID-19 Infection or Exposure

March 7th, 2022 by Chelsea Wells

For the last several months our hospital staffing level has been broadly defined as a contingency level as we have continued to respond to COVID-19. This definition enabled us to make staffing accommodations that supported patient and staff safety with the resources available. In addition, over the last couple of weeks, we have new evidence that many people continue to be antigen positive beyond 5 days. What this means in terms of infectiousness remains unclear, but does support moving to …

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New COVID-19 Employment & Timekeeping FAQ available

January 25th, 2022 by Fiona Brosnan

Human Resources has updated the frequently asked questions (FAQ) document about COVID-19 and timekeeping. This FAQ is intended to provide employees with readily available guidance for some of the common questions they may have. This document provides updated guidance on leave and quarantine, benefits and resources. In the event of a conflict between these FAQs and ANTHC policies and procedures, ANTHC policies and procedures shall prevail. COVID-19 Employment & Timekeeping FAQ’s (January 24, 2022) *updated* Paid COVID-19 Sick Time Procedure (January 11, 2022) *updated* ANTHC Employee Health …

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ANMC Procedure Update – Telemedicine Procedure #500-23B

January 12th, 2022 by Viola Samson

Here is a link to the updated Telemedicine Procedure #500-23B Here is a link to the ANMC Telemedicine Procedure Changes Provider FAQs All policies and procedures are available here, or on the Ethics and Compliance SharePoint site.  This update should replace any previous procedures you may have printed or posted in your department. If you have questions, please discuss with your department supervisor, Allison Reed- Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer (729-1992 or ahreed@anthc.org) or Telehealth (729-2260).

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Policy and Procedure update – ANTHC Employee Health Procedure

January 10th, 2022 by Chelsea Wells

The ANTHC Employee Health COVID-19 Procedure (Revised 1/10/2022) has been recently updated. ANTHC Employee Health Procedure: https://anthc.doc.cqs.symplr.com/file/fileUid/5bb03efc-2956-4830-812c-f582c48e92ae All policies are available here (best used in Chrome or Edge browsers) or the Ethics and Compliance SharePoint site. This update should replace any previous procedure you may have printed or posted in your department. If you have questions regarding policy or procedure updates, please discuss with your supervisor, Human Resources at 907-729-1301 or Allison Reed, Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer at 729-1992 or ahreed@anthc.org. 

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Three years of myHero: Celebrating our staff

December 20th, 2021 by Chelsea Wells

On Dec. 18, ANTHC celebrated its third year of using the myHero recognition tool to celebrate our staff and the contributions they make. Over the past three years we have found a lot of great things to celebrate! You have submitted 5,241 total Raves in the past three years. You have summited 2,994 Raves in 2021 so far. Of all the Behavior Standards (Accountability, Communication, Professionalism, Quality, Respect, Teamwork), Quality was recognized the most. We regularly share myHero comments on …

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New Procedure Updates: new CT Consent for IV Contrast Studies and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Safety and Screening procedures; updated Unacceptable Abbreviations, Initials, and Symbols procedure

November 3rd, 2021 by Fiona Brosnan

ANTHC has two new procedures; the CT Consent for IV Contrast Studies and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Safety and Screening procedures as well as one updated procedure: Unacceptable Abbreviations, Initials, and Symbols. All policies are available online or on the Ethics and Compliance SharePoint site. This update should replace any previous procedure you may have printed or posted in your department. CT Consent for IV Contrast Studies Procedure #500-38 is a NEW procedure to ensure safe administration of intravenous iodinated contrast during …

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ANTHC Ethics and Compliance reporting tools available

October 27th, 2021 by Laci Michaud

The Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium is committed to providing a safe workplace for all employees. The Consortium wants to make sure everyone feels safe and heard in the workplace. There are many ways to report situations that make you uncomfortable in your work environment. Discuss concern with your immediate supervisor Discuss concern with your department manager Email ANTHC Ethics and Compliance Team at CorporateCompliance@anthc.org Call the Ethics and Compliance Anonymous Hotline at 1-877-772-6743 Drop a letter off at the …

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New temporary website to access ANTHC Policies and Procedures

October 18th, 2021 by James Gaines

If you need to access any ANTHC or ANMC Policies and Procedures, please use this temporary link to the MediRegs Policies and Procedures Portal: https://anthc.doc.cqs.symplr.com/browse We are transitioning to a new system and a more fully-featured Policy and Procedures Portal over the next several weeks. Please stay tuned for additional information. This temporary link has a search function that will lead you to your needed policy or procedure.  If there are any issues, please contact Compliance for assistance. 

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Starting October 20: Auto Book Conference Room Procedure

October 8th, 2021 by Chelsea Wells

Starting Wednesday, October 20, employees who book conference rooms will begin to use the new auto book method using their Outlook calendar. Please visit the Hub for more information including a step-by-step video and written instructions, as well as a list of available rooms and capabilities: https://anthcstaff.org/conference-rooms/

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Individual Exit Plan

October 5th, 2021 by Chelsea Wells

Due to current staffing levels on campus, the Floor Monitor Program is being suspended and all staff will respond on an individual basis. The following actions will apply if the alarm sounds: -Remember R.A.C.E. Rescue– anyone needing assistance if it is safe to do so. Alarm– If you see a fire before the system activates, pull the alarm and call 729-1111. Confine– Close all windows and doors as you evacuate. Exit/Extinguish– Exit and assemble in you assigned area. Only those …

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Coming Soon: New Conference Room Auto Book Procedure

September 27th, 2021 by Chelsea Wells

Starting October 11, employees who book conference rooms will begin to use the new auto book method using their Outlook calendar. Please visit the Hub for more information including a step-by-step video and written instructions, as well as a list of available rooms and capabilities: https://anthcstaff.org/conference-rooms/ Here’s a short video explaining the process: If you have any questions, please contact the Helpdesk at x2626 or helpdesk@anthc.org

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New space planning policy and process for requesting changes

September 22nd, 2021 by Chelsea Wells

To effectively consider campus move requests, the Consortium Executive Team (CET) has adopted a new Space Allocation Policy (ANTHC Policy No. 800-01) and has established a Space Planning and Allocation Committee Environment (SPACE). SPACE will evaluate submitted move requests including, but not limited to: additional space within the department for a new hire; move or relocation of space between or among two or more departments; reconfiguration, including changing the function of a previously-allocated room (e.g. repurposing a file room to …

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Policies update: background check, vaccination, space allocation, legal guardian notation and more policies and procedures have been recently updated

August 19th, 2021 by James Gaines

The following policies and procedures have been recently updated. These updates should replace any previous policies and procedures you may have printed or posted in your department. The Policy and Procedure Formulation, Formatting, Review, Approval, and Distribution Procedure has been updated to reflect interim procedures created by the Emergency Operations Center during events such as Covid. ANTHC COVID-19 Vaccination Policy is a new policy requiring COVID-19 vaccinations for all ANTHC workforce members. ANTHC Background Check Policy has been updated to improve the system of …

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New Healthy Food and Beverage Policy

August 2nd, 2021 by Sadie Arneson

ANTHC has passed a new Healthy Food and Beverage Policy . This policy creates alignment between the foods and beverages available on the Alaska Native Health Campus and our mission to provide the highest quality health care. The policy outlines ANTHC’s goals and priorities for creating a healthier food environment including: affirming the health benefits of traditional Alaska Native foods working with vendors to ensure healthy options are available and easy to identify limiting the amount of sugar-sweetened beverages available, …

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Updated Policies and Procedures

July 2nd, 2021 by Chelsea Wells

The following Policies and Procedures were updated this week: The ANTHC Nepotism Policy has been updated to better outline nepotism and its implications. The ANTHC Relationships in the Workplace Policy has undergone significant revisions to ensure the consortium can better address romantic and sexual relationships in the workplace and reduce problems that can arise.  An FAQ can be found at FAQ for Personal Relationships in the Workplace Policy . A new ANTHC Remote Work Policy is now in effect, with …

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2021 ANTHC Annual Required Trainings: open through Aug. 31

July 2nd, 2021 by Chelsea Wells

The 2021 ANTHC Annual Required Trainings are now available in the ANTHC HealthStream Learning Center (HLC). The training is mandatory for all staff who were working at ANTHC as of December 31, 2020. Staff who were hired or rehired in 2021, as well as non-employee members of the workforce, will not have this training assigned. The due date for completion is Tuesday, August 31, 2021. Please consider completing the trainings as soon as possible to avoid a last-minute crunch and …

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ANTHC Procurement & Contracting Reminders

June 18th, 2021 by Ed Groves

In Alaska over the past two years, there have been some major procurement compliance issues which have resulted in legal actions and terminations both at private firms and government installations. Procurement fraud, kickbacks, improper solicitations and awards are very serious infractions of procurement policy.  It is important for all ANTHC employees with needs for service, equipment, or other goods to understand the ANTHC Procurement Policy and what are allowable and unallowable actions per the policy. ANTHC’s Procurement and Contracting department is …

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Policy update: new Criminal History Record Information Proper Access, Use and Dissemination Policy

June 4th, 2021 by James Gaines

ANTHC has instituted a new operational policy, Criminal History Record Information Proper Access, Use and Dissemination Policy. The intent of policy is to ensure the protection of employee Criminal Justice Information and its subset of Criminal History Record Information until such time as the information is purged or destroyed in accordance with applicable record retention rules. All policies are available on MediRegs (best used in Chrome or Edge browsers) or the Ethics and Compliance SharePoint site. This update should replace any previous procedure you …

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Policy update: Antibiotic Stewardship Policy and ANTHC Emergency Eyewash Shower Equipment Testing Procedure

May 26th, 2021 by James Gaines

The Antibiotic Stewardship Policy #513B has been updated making changes to committee and reporting requirements and includes Joint Commission requirements for education and training. The ANTHC Emergency Eyewash Shower Equipment Testing Procedure is a new Consortium procedure replacing the ANMC accredited campus-only procedure.  This procedure now covers the entire campus including non-health care buildings and other areas. All policies are available on MediRegs (best used in Chrome or Edge browsers) or the Ethics and Compliance SharePoint site. This update should replace any previous procedure you …

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