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Strategies for performing staff evaluations: Five things to keep in mind when conducting your reviews

HIM-HIPAA Insider, December 7, 2010

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With the end of the year approaching, you, along with many of your HIM director and manager colleagues, may soon be tasked with conducting annual staff evaluations. Chances are it isn’t your favorite task of the year. But it needs to be done.

“It’s a great idea to have [evaluations], but it is really hard to do it well and make it meaningful. And you certainly don’t want to use it to discourage anybody. That’s the total opposite of what you want to be doing,” says Chris Simons, RHIA, director of utilization management and HIMS and privacy officer at Spring Harbor Hospital in Westbrook, ME.
 
So how can you make evaluations positive and meaningful for your staff and maybe learn something yourself in the process? Simons, along with Glennda Gore, RHIA, vice president of risk management and quality services and chief compliance officer at McAlester (OK) Regional Health Center, Jean S. Clark, RHIA, CSHA, director of accreditation at Roper Saint Francis Healthcare in Charleston, SC, and Monica Pappas, RHIA, president of MPA Consulting, Inc., in Long Beach, CA, provide strategies for directors, managers, and supervisors facing the daunting task of staff reviews.
 
Note: To read more, visit the HCPro website. Subscribers to Medical Records Briefing have access to this article in the December issue of their newsletters.



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