Joint Commission's Tracer Methodology

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The Joint Commission’s tracer methodology is used to ensure compliance standards are met, as well as to “trace” and document the level of care provided to patients in order to make improvements to the facility’s health care delivery system. Patients requiring services that utilize the entire continuum of care spectrum are selected in an effort to gather sufficient information needed to identify areas with potential risks and safety concerns. As the patients’ course of care progresses across the system, Joint Commission surveyors evaluate each department 's policy and procedure on data management, infection control and medication management process.
Health information management is impacted by the “tracer methodology” because HIM must ensure

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