2018 Checklist: Organizing Your Department for the New Year

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Launching into a new year brings opportunity to review the work plan created and implemented by you and your team. The underpinning for the work plan resides in the data collected within the medical record. The medical record serves as the instrument for demonstrating the clinician’s ability to plan, coordinate, and evaluate patient care. Proper documentation provides guidance for appropriate treatment decisions, evaluation of the healing process, support for reimbursement claims, and a defense for litigation.
Checklists can be created and used as written guides to help your team meet key steps in compliance. In wound care, clinical, operational, regulatory, and economic/financial rules help maintain compliance with standards, and checklists can provide an audit tool to ensure that requirements have been followed. Using a clinical checklist can help to better organize the clinician’s time. Consider the following clinical and operational checklist:
Consider the following regulatory and economic/financial checklist:
This checklist is not meant to be exhaustive. It remains your responsibility to review your processes to determine the checklist items appropriate for your practice.
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