Karla Cason, MSN, BSN, RN
Expertise in regulatory readiness, surgical and procedural infection control systems, surgical and anesthesia services leadership, central sterilization and high level disinfection oversight, and health care operations
Extensive experience in regulatory survey and certification with CMS
Former Compliance Officer and Infection Control Officer, responsible for developing surgical and procedural infection control and central sterilization processes
Ms. Karla Cason is a CMS Consultant for Joint Commission Resources. She has been a registered nurse for 30 years, working in multiple clinical and administrative settings. Ms. Cason's clinical background includes all areas of surgical and anesthesia services, thoracic intensive care and cath lab, pain management, orthopedics, postpartum, and rural general medical surgical nursing. She has functioned as the compliance officer, infection control officer, and administrator for many facilities.
Ms. Cason's career has included consulting services for medical facilities in several states. She has provided services to help organizations improve operational goals, facility and service line development, equipment negotiations/procurement, implant negotiations, compliance oversight, and workflow studies for hospitals, long term acute care, rehabilitation and ambulatory surgical facilities. Ms. Cason has completed numerous consulting engagements working to ensure compliance with surgical/procedural infection control processes including sterilization and high level disinfection. Ms. Cason assists facilities with regulatory compliance in radiology and nuclear medicine standards and practices. Ms. Cason has served as project manager on several successful surgical hospitals and ambulatory surgery conversions coordinating projects from construction through certification. Supporting her national experience in design, operational planning and construction of new hospitals, she was a leader in multiple successful licensure and certification surveys on initial attempt.
Prior to joining JCR, Ms. Cason was the Program Area Manager for the Oklahoma State Health Department. Her duties there included oversight of all licensure, CMS survey, and certification activities for all non-long term care facilities in the state of Oklahoma as well as the CLIA program, Workplace Drug and Alcohol, and Tissue Banks. In addition, her office acted as the liaison between the health care provider and the Regional Office of CMS. Ms. Cason was also a clinical health facility surveyor and conducted multiple licensure, certification, EMTALA, and complaint surveys for the state of Oklahoma.
EXPERIENCE WITH HEALTH CARE FACILITIES
Chief Nursing Officer
Clinical Operations Officer
Compliance, Quality and Risk Management
Infection Control Officer
PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS OR CERTIFICATIONS
Association of Peri-Operative Nurses
Council on Licensure Enforcement and Regulation (CLEAR) specialized certification
Sigma Theta Tau International, Honor Society of Nursing
Master of Science in Administration, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center College of Nursing, Oklahoma City, OK, USA
Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Oklahoma City University, Oklahoma City, OK, USA