Health Information Management

Tip of the week: Help prepare for an unannounced survey

HIM-HIPAA Insider, May 8, 2007

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Even though, under ideal conditions, organizations should be prepared for a Joint Commission survey at all times, there are many specific ways in which hospitals can prepare for an unannounced survey. It is vital to make sure staff who are directly responsible for patient care are comfortable with the survey process, because surveyors will want to talk with them.

Establish a Joint Commission oversight team (or activate an existing one). This group will be responsible for making sure all the steps for preparation described above are completed and reported. This team also should ensure that any noncompliant issues are resolved.

Editor's note: This tip was adapted from Medical Records Briefing. For more information click here.



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