Accreditation

PPR can help prepare hospitals for real deal

Briefings on Accreditation and Quality, November 1, 2005

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Surveys mirror full triennial inspections

Learning objectives: After reading this article, you will be able to

1. compare the different periodic performance review (PPR) options

2. explain what a surveyor will cover during a PPR survey

Although the length of a PPR survey may mimic a real JCAHO inspection, organizations might find them beneficial, one Virginia hospital official says.

One nurse surveyor arrived for a three-day PPR option two inspection in July at Western State Hospital, a state psychiatric facility in Staunton, VA, says Debra Vought, the hospital's performance improvement and JCAHO coordinator. The surveyor conducted patient tracers, which could help acclimate staff who have yet to undergo a JCAHO review under the new system.

"[The surveyor] was prepared to ask anybody and everybody questions," Vought says. "Even though I go around telling staff, 'It's going to be different,' it's only when [staff] experience it that they say, 'You're right. It is different.' "

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