Policies and procedures play an integral part of every hospital–or at least they should. Together, they provide an organization with the clarity it needs to run smoothly day-to-day by streamlining processes. Beyond this, these policies and procedures offer guidance for informed decision making by supporting compliance. I know nothing I just said is particularly earth-shattering. It’s common sense really, and tucked away in every filing cabinet or computer in every hospital somewhere is a manual that does exactly what I just said. Case closed. Blog over.
Well, not exactly…While yes, there are policies and procedure manuals everywhere, there also exists roadblocks that prevent compliance. But what’s the big deal? The policies and procedures are there, it’s up to everyone else to follow them and if they’re not, well at least you can say you tried.
Unfortunately, it’s really a little more complex than that. Not meeting compliance can result in hefty fines, damage your organization’s reputation, and possibly impact your career. Knowing what compliance roadblocks you’re up against can help you be proactive in your journey. Conversely, it can also help you recognize roadblocks quickly so you can work to mitigate them as quickly as you seem them. So what are 5 common compliance roadblocks?
- Too many policies
- Lack of governance
- Time-consuming, manual processes
- Not enough visibility
- No system-wide standardization
While these roadblocks may seem minuscule, they’re enough to dismantle a whole compliance program and all your hard work. So, the next question is what can you do to be proactive or to rectify these issues? Dana McCall, Compliance Project Manager at Laser Spine Institute and Abigail Fallen, Senior Program Manager, HIE & Data Security at Camden Coalition discuss this and more in our on-demand webinar “How to Eliminate Compliance Roadblocks.” Watch it now for great tips on how you can take your program to the next level.