Tracer Methodology: Frontline Strategies to Prepare Your Organization for JCAHO Survey

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2004-08-01
  • Publisher: Hcpro Inc

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It may be intimidating that what comprises approximately 60% of the new JCAHO survey process tracer methodology remains the biggest "unknown" to hospitals all over the country. As a survey coordinator, you're probably asking, "Which patients will be traced? What questions will surveyors ask? Which departments will be visited? How will I prepare my entire staff?" You're not alone. The unpredictable nature of tracer activities proves to be a challenge for even the most experienced survey coordinators. Under the new process, surveyors will select approximately 11 active patients and retrace their care through different departments. They'll observe care given, review policies and procedures, and question staff and patients in different areas of the hospital. Because every patient is unique and every area of care is different, preparing your facility for survey is even more daunting. Tracer methodology makes JCAHO survey prep a whole new ball game. Now is the time to ch

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