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1Accreditation Agencies and HIEAccreditation AgenciesKendra BeanAssignment Unit 4HS420Kaplan UniversityDecember 6, 2016
2Accreditation Agencies and HIEOur nation’s healthcare system is changing. One of the major changes that have beenimplemented is the Health Information Exchange (HIE) standard. This allows for electronichealth records to become an important and integral part of the healthcare system. Electronichealth records improve on the efficiency increase of reimbursements, and quality of care. Whileintegration of these systems are important, it is also important to follow documentation standardsset by agencies, and constantly evaluate the integrity of patient data. Organization Health Record Documentation GuidelinesThe Joint Commission (TJC) is a nonprofit organization that accredits and certifies withnationwide acceptance. They’re mission is to evaluate and inspire facilities to providing safe andeffective care of the highest quality and value, from both stakeholders and public view ("JointCommission Requirements | Joint Commission," n.d.). They are known as the gold standard. TJChas set fourth requirement for medical record retention and documentation timeliness. Facilitiesmust maintain complete an accurate record which are evaluated during performance survey. AllClinical records must contain information to support the patient’s diagnosis a condition. Recordsmust also include justification of treatment, care, and services. The record must also show thepatients outcomes. TJC also has a retention standard for medical records that is very importantin today’s society medical law suits. The retention time of medical record information isdetermined by each state but recommends seven years. Medical records of children should bekept until the age of 18 or 21, and in some cases till the time of statute of limitations ("Retentionand Destruction of Health Information (2013 update)," n.d.). The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation facilities (CARF) was develop in1966. 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 isalso very important in health records. To be accredited by CARF requirements must be met
3Accreditation Agencies and HIEconcerning retention. The first standard requires organizations to have polices that addressretention. 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