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How to find methods to assess continual survey readiness in your facility

Briefings on Accreditation and Quality, April 1, 2008

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Finding a way to evaluate hospitals in preparation for the next unannounced survey can be a frustrating task. Proper use of PPRs and employee encouragement programs are two ways successful hospitals equip staff members to maintain survey readiness, and they are seeing results. Using a PPR program is a good way to get organized and shift staff perspective from preparing for a survey to a culture of continual compliance, Jodi Eisenberg, MHA, CPMSM, CPHQ, program manager of accreditation and clinical compliance at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, said during HCPro’s February 5 audioconference, “Survey Readiness: Strategies, Tools and Tips for Joint Compliance.”

“We organize the PPR in a focused way,” Eisenberg said. This allows for an opportunity to evaluate survey readiness across the hospital and the work process that is in place.

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