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Tip of the week: Ask pointed questions when designing templates

HIM-HIPAA Insider, August 21, 2007

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Using documentation templates can work for or against you, depending on how you write them and how often you update them. And as documentation begins to play a larger role in helping to justify severity-driven code assignment and quality reporting, it's essential that your practice uses compliant and effective templates. When designing a template, ensure that you ask the following questions:

  • What is the objective of the template?
  • In which setting will the template be used?
  • Who will use the template?
  • What will you include in the template?

Editor's note: This tip was adapted from the recent issue of For more information, click here.

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