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The Advocacy Communications Highway is ASHE's response to a
proliferation of healthcare regulations that may have confusing and
contradictory provisions, which when interpretted and implemented
by healthcare providers may sometimes yield confusing and
The Advocacy Highway is a two-way communications network. ASHE
gives notice of new or impending regulations or their
interpretations to all those affected by these regulations. In
turn, recipients may alert ASHE to locally promulgated regulations
or regulatory interpretations potentially affecting all Highway
In more detail, this is how it should work: ASHE chapters will
choose someone responsible for relaying ASHE communications both to
and from the chapter. If comments on a proposed regulation are
needed, ASHE staff will provide the framework and timelines within
which comments must be submitted.
The exchange of this vital information is essential to ensure
that existing and proposed health care regulations are arrived at
through a consensus of all interested parties, and that these
regulations achieve the desired objective of effectively protecting
healthcare recipients' safety and welfare.
Jeff Eckstein and Jon Cechvala co-chair the WHEA Codes and
Standards Committee. The WHEA Codes and Standards Committee is
responsible for the ongoing review of all codes and standards
relating to health care engineering in the state of Wisconsin. The
committee serves in an advocacy role by establishing and
maintaining relationships with authorities having jurisdiction
(AHJ) that foster opportunities for WHEA to pro-actively influence
the standards development and revision process.
Under their leadership, WHEA's membership has been able to
significantly contribute to a wide variety of advocacy efforts on
both the state and national level. WHEA Codes and Standards
committee members regularly contribute to ASHE advocacy efforts,
and work closely with state and national regulatory agencies.
Members of WHEA's Codes and Standards committee often serve as
representatives to regulatory focus-groups, and accept appointments
to committees and boards such as those responsible for the AIA
Guideline and NFPA Standards development and revision process.
Contact either Jeff or Jon if you have questions.
The Wisconsin Healthcare Engineering Association is an affiliated chapter of:
Wisconsin Healthcare Engineering Association (WHEA) | P.O. Box 1782, Appleton, WI 54912 | 920.570.4081 | firstname.lastname@example.org
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