Association of Health Facilities Survey Agencies
State Agency Mentor Program
The Association of Health Facilities Survey Agencies (AHFSA) offers the opportunity for a new or relative inexperienced state survey agency (SA) director to partner with a more experienced or seasoned director to acclimate themselves to their duties as a new Director. The SA Director’s role is critical to overseeing the State’s contract and partnership with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). As the level of complexity of the SA Director duties increase, including elevated expectations of the position, AHFSAs goal in providing the SA Director Mentor Program is to ensure that inexperienced directors familiarize themselves with some of their major responsibilities and the tremendous role they play in assuring the health, safety and welfare of citizens in their states who access services provided by regulated care providers. Partnering with a seasoned director will enhance their ability to understand all the complexities of their new role; seek advice on how to handle situations that may have already been encountered by experienced directors; understand the relationship with the federal government; comprehend CMS budgeting process and manage resources provided by CMS; and a host of other areas that are critical to the successful transition to the SA Director role.
Qualifications to serve as Mentor
Duties of the Mentor
Duties of the Protègès
Closure of Mentoring Relationship
It is important to acknowledge that when no additional benefit can be experienced by the protégé, the relationship should end with a successful termination of the mentoring relationship.