Valley Medical Staffing
Joint Commission Policy Statement
Valley Medical Staffing, Inc. is committed to providing a higher standard of service and to the delivery of safe, quality patient care. Valley Medical Staffing, Inc. complies with the Joint Commission’s Standards for Healthcare Staffing Services. As our customer, you can have confidence that the processes within Valley Medical Staffing, Inc. support that the supplemental staff working in your organization have met the requirements established by the Joint Commission. To assure compliance with the Joint Commission Standards for Healthcare Staffing Services, Valley Medical Staffing, Inc. provides the customer a written description of the following service features.
Valley Medical Staffing, Inc. will not engage subcontractors to provide Assigned
Providers unless agreed to in advance by the customer.
Assigned Providers may only be placed in assignments that match the job description for which Valley Medical Staffing, Inc. assigns them; if an Assigned Provider is asked to float to another department with the customer, the department must be a like department or unit and the float provider must have demonstrated previous competency and have the appropriate certifications, credentials for that department/unit. Assigned Providers should only be floated to areas of comparable clinical diagnoses and acuities. If an Assigned Provider is selected to be transferred permanently to a higher acuity unit by the customer, the customer must provide adequate training and orientation so the Assigned Provider can provide safe and effective care to the patients in the new unit.
3. Competency Review
It is the responsibility of Valley Medical Staffing, Inc. to conduct and finalize the pre- employment assessment of the Assigned Provider’s competence based on the techniques, procedures, technology and skills needed to provide care, treatment and services to the populations served by the customer upon completion of Valley Medical Staffing, Inc. orientation.
It shall be the responsibility of the customer to cooperate in a review or evaluation of each Assigned Provider, relative to the provider’s ability to perform specific job functions upon completion of provider’s assignment or shift. Valley Medical Staffing, Inc. relies on the customer’s feedback in order to accurately assess and re-assess the competence of the Assigned Provider on an ongoing basis based on the customer’s report of clinical performance.
4. Orientation of Providers
Valley Medical Staffing, Inc. will provide all new providers with an orientation to the company’s policies and procedures. It shall be the responsibility of customer to orient
assigned providers to the facility and its rules and regulations and to acquaint them
with the facility policies and procedures, including dress code, physical layout and equipment and to validate competency and ability of Assigned Provider to properly use equipment.
5. Providers and Independent Contractors
As the provider of staffing services, Valley Medical Staffing, Inc. will be the employer of Assigned Providers and shall not by reason of their temporary assignment with the customer through Valley Medical Staffing, Inc. become providers of the customer. Valley Medical Staffing, Inc. will not utilize Independent Contractors to assist in the provision of all agreed upon Healthcare Supplemental Staffing services.
6. Incident, Error, Tracking System
Upon notification of Incidents and or Errors, Valley Medical Staffing, Inc. shall document and track all unexpected incidents, including errors, sentinel events and other events, such as injuries and safety hazards related to the care and services provided, utilizing its data gathering tools. Information gathered tracked and analyzed is to be shared and reported appropriately to customers, regulatory bodies and the Joint Commission as required.
7. Communicating Occupational Safety Hazards/Events
It shall be the responsibility of the customer to notify Valley Medical Staffing, Inc. within
24 hours of the event; any competency issues, incidents, and/or complaints related to the Assigned Provider and/or Valley Medical Staffing, Inc. Customer agrees to initiate communication with Valley Medical Staffing, Inc. whenever an incident/injury report related to the Assigned Provider is completed
8. Requirements for Staff Specified
The requirements of staff sent to the customer by Valley Medical Staffing, Inc. are to be determined by the customer as part of the written agreement between the two parties. It is Valley Medical Staffing, Inc. obligation to comply with the requirements of the customer by supplying staff that have the documented competencies, credentials, health screening and experience to satisfy the requirements specified by the customer in order to deliver safe care to the population being served.
9. Conflicts of Interest
Valley Medical Staffing, Inc. to the best of its ability identifies conflicts of interest. Valley Medical Staffing, Inc. discloses all conflicts of interest to its clients. Valley Medical Staffing, Inc. annually reviews its relationships and its healthcare providers’ relationships with vendors, clients, competitors and regulatory entities to determine conflicts of interest.
When conflicts of interest arise Valley Medical Staffing, Inc. discloses this conflict of interest when appropriate to whichever client may be involved or affected. Valley Medical Staffing, Inc. enforces that internal employees of Valley Medical Staffing, Inc. are not permitted to maintain additional employment, accept gifts (other than those of nominal value) or to allow payment on their behalf of any travel, living or entertainment expense by any person or organization currently doing business with or seeking to conduct business with Valley Medical Staffing, Inc., unless approved by the client involved or potentially involved.
10. Staff Matching Requirements
Valley Medical Staffing, Inc. shall verify the Assigned Provider’s licensure, certification, education and work experience to assure they are competent and possess the skills and experience that match requirements for the assignment. Matching the Assigned Provider’s licensure, certification, education and work experience to assure they are competent and possess the skills and experience matching the specified requirements of the assignment may include the use of new grad practitioners upon the request or approval of the customer. The Valley Medical Staffing, Inc. office, located in your city is open Monday through Friday from the hours of 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Our local telephone number is (925) 297-6200. Outside of normal business hours, in the event of an emergency please contact us at (510) 708-4945.
In the event of an emergency, natural disaster or other uncontrollable event, Valley Medical Staffing, Inc. will continue to provide service to you through our corporate network from a location where phones and computers are functional. Valley Medical Staffing, Inc. will do everything possible to support you in meeting your needs during crisis(es). A copy of our Emergency Management Plan is available upon request.
Our goal is to always provide you with a consistent level of service. If for any reason you are dissatisfied with our service or the service provided by one of our healthcare professionals, we encourage you to contact the Valley Medical Staffing, Inc. corporate office at (925)297-6200. A corporate representative will work with you to resolve your concern. Valley Medical Staffing, Inc. has processes in place to resolve customer complaints in an effective and efficient manner. Any individual or organization that has a concern about the quality and safety of patient care delivered by Valley Medical Staffing, Inc. healthcare professionals, which has not been addressed by Valley Medical Staffing, Inc. management, is encouraged to contact the Joint Commission at www.jointcommission.org or by calling the Office of Quality Monitoring at (630) 792-
5636. Valley Medical Staffing, Inc. demonstrates this commitment by taking no retaliatory or disciplinary action against providers when they do report safety or quality of care concerns to the Joint Commission.