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1 Accreditation Agencies and HIE Accreditation Agencies Kendra Bean Assignment Unit 4 HS420 Kaplan University December 6, 2016
2 Accreditation Agencies and HIE Our nation’s healthcare system is changing. One of the major changes that have been implemented is the Health Information Exchange (HIE) standard. This allows for electronic health records to become an important and integral part of the healthcare system. Electronic health records improve on the efficiency increase of reimbursements, and quality of care. While integration of these systems are important, it is also important to follow documentation standards set by agencies, and constantly evaluate the integrity of patient data. Organization Health Record Documentation Guidelines The Joint Commission (TJC) is a nonprofit organization that accredits and certifies with nationwide acceptance. They’re mission is to evaluate and inspire facilities to providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value, from both stakeholders and public view ("Joint Commission Requirements | Joint Commission," n.d.). They are known as the gold standard. TJC has set fourth requirement for medical record retention and documentation timeliness. Facilities must maintain complete an accurate record which are evaluated during performance survey. All Clinical records must contain information to support the patient’s diagnosis a condition. Records must also include justification of treatment, care, and services. The record must also show the patients outcomes. TJC also has a retention standard for medical records that is very important in today’s society medical law suits. The retention time of medical record information is determined by each state but recommends seven years. Medical records of children should be kept until the age of 18 or 21, and in some cases till the time of statute of limitations ("Retention and Destruction of Health Information (2013 update)," n.d.). The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation facilities (CARF) was develop in 1966. They are a non-profit organization who is an accreditor of health and human services. Their services are requested and known worldwide. In this organization document retention is also very important in health records. To be accredited by CARF requirements must be met
3 Accreditation Agencies and HIE concerning retention. The first standard requires organizations to have polices that address retention. The second standard states that retention periods are no specified for behavioral health, but policy must comply with applicable state and federal regulations. The third standard states

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