Corporate Compliance

Tip: Perform a post-audit evaluation to assess strengths and weaknesses

Healthcare Auditing Weekly, September 16, 2008

After the audit report is issued, the audit team should perform a post-audit evaluation. Its purpose is to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the audit to find ways to improve the quality of future audits. Consider the following questions during this phase of the process: 
  • What were the strengths and weaknesses during each phase of the audit?
  • What additional steps could have improved the efficiency of the audit?
  • Was the number of assigned staff sufficient?
  • Was the staff adequately trained to complete their assignments?
  • What additional training is needed?
  • Was auditee cooperation adequate?
  • What areas should be emphasized or deemphasized in future work?
  • What audit policies can be improved?
  • Were there any audit leads that were identified during the audit process that should be followed up on in a future audit?
  • Is there need for immediate follow-up?
This tip is adapted from The Healthcare Auditor’s Handbook. For more information about the book or to order your copy, visit HCMarketplace.

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