Throughout 2019, Joint Commission surveyors detailed compliance with CMS expectation by CMS-A-tags. Surveyors already maintained a list of medical record documentation requirements they explored this information on tracers. But as of July 2019, the organizational survey activity guide now contains this list. And, although it is similar to the evidence detailed on tracers, we believe CMS A-tags present an opportunity.
In fact, that opportunity is a learning exercise. Ask yourself this question.
“Do we all know how to find evidence of compliance somewhere in the medical record of the units involved in tracers to see if they can find all the required documents?”
In addition, here is one way to answer that question. Conduct a scavenger hunt with your staff. Determine how many documents they can find. Furthermore, engage IT experts or superusers to assist the staff on tracers.
What’s more, taking this approach you will help you better prepare for future surveys.
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