Home Health & Hospice

Survey Trap 101: Having too many policies

Homecare Insider, June 11, 2012

Avoid survey traps (i.e., backing yourself into a corner by creating an unnecessary situation that increases surveyor scrutiny). The best example of a survey trap is to have more policies than you truly need. If you are not required to have a policy on something, you are backing yourself into a corner by instituting it. Why? Because you must, by regulation, follow your own policies.

For example, if you have a policy that you will obtain an order for discharge and you do not comply, you can be cited. If you have a policy that physician orders will be sent, signed, and returned within seven days and they are not, you can be cited. So, proceed with caution. Only implement written policies that are needed or regulated.
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