Health Information Management

Know how an EHR could affect your accreditation survey

HIM-HIPAA Insider, November 24, 2009

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When a surveyor comes knocking on your door, you had better have a plan in place that grants access to your EHR.
 
Staff members also must be ready and willing to answer surveyors’ questions about navigating your EHR and locating specific information.
 
CMS has published a policy memo (S&C-09-53) in August reminding hospitals of their obligation to provide surveyors with unrestricted access to the EHR. The policy memo aims to ensure that surveyors will be able to “conduct the survey process in a consistent manner in all facilities regardless of whether the facility uses paper-based records and/or EHRs.” The memo details provider/supplier responsibilities and surveyors’ responsibilities during the survey process.
 
Note: For more information, visit the HCPro Web site. Subscribers to Medical Records Briefing have access to this article in the December issue of the newsletter.



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