The past decade has ushered in a number of changes to regulatory, payer and accreditation standards in the healthcare industry. Mandatory healthcare compliance policies and procedures that are not only required to be in place but need to be revised, reviewed and disseminated throughout your organization. In some cases, it’s easy, in other instances when larger organizations are involved it becomes more complex. Perhaps the most burdensome are meeting CMS Conditions of Participation due to its breadth and the varying interpretations that are often made.
When it comes to setting your organization up for success, it’s important to have visibility into your policies and procedures. Without the ability to track whether a policy has been reviewed, approved or implemented makes meeting regulatory compliance difficult. What is needed in such an instance is an automated workflow where policies can be posted for everyone to review and then have it be pushed down to the local facility using a standard circulation process.
Having good policies and procedures as well as proper management from the system level to local sites is a key component to ensuring your organization meets compliance requirements. But what more can be done in the standardization process that will support your efforts? Dignity Health discusses their approach with us, along with how they overcome challenges and set best practices that allow them to quickly respond to changes in CMS CoP guidelines–especially when they change with little notice.
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