Home Health & Hospice

The Importance of Committees

Homecare Insider, May 21, 2012

Committees allow us to practice democracy and delineate responsibility among several members instead of placing it on one person’s head alone. Many agencies have committees to oversee infection control, quality improvement, ethical issues, and other important agency functions. This practice allows for creative and varied ideas and approaches to issues and management concerns, while also empowering committee members and involving them in decisions and changes.

As an example, the agency forms a quality assurance and performance improvement com­mittee to oversee and implement all quality-related issues. The committee is charged with outcome-based quality improvement and monitoring, process-based quality ­improvement, and chart audit/review. It should be comprised of the clinical supervisor and a member from each discipline whose service the agency offers. It is also helpful for a representative from the agency’s coding and billing staff to serve on this committee. In forming this committee, the administrator delegates a time-consuming but important agency task.
 
Remember, you certainly do not need a committee for everything. In fact, in smaller agencies, you can have one main committee that oversees several things, including quality and infection control. But committees are valuable and can serve you well.
 
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