1Accreditation Agencies and Health Information ExchangeUnit 4 AssignmentAccreditation Agencies and Health Information ExchangeStella MyersKaplan UniversityHS420: Advanced Health InformaticsProfessor Robert TedeschiJune 5, 2017The healthcare system in our nation is ever changing and improving. A major change thathas been implemented is known as the Health Information Exchange (HIE) standard. The HIE isa system in which allows for the electronic health records to be a vital and indispensable part oftoday’s healthcare system. The primary purpose of the electronic health record is to improve onthe effectiveness of increase in reimbursements and the overall quality of care. While theimplementation of these systems is important, it is however; equally as vital to follow the
2Accreditation Agencies and Health Information Exchangedocumentation standards set forth by the multitude of agencies, and consistently monitor theintegrity of patient data. Organization-Wide Health Record and Documentation GuidelinesThe Joint Commission (TJC) is a nonprofit organization that accredits and certifies withnationwide acceptance. The mission of TJC is to evaluate and inspire facilities to providing safeand effective care of the highest quality and value, from both stakeholders and public view.("Joint Commission Requirements | Joint Commission") They are known nationally to be thegolden standard of healthcare accreditation and have set forth a set of specific requirements formedical record retention and documentation timeliness. Facilities are required to maintaincomplete and accurate records. These records are those which are evaluated during aperformance survey. It is imperative that clinical records as they pertain to each individualpatient contain the required documentation that will support the patients’ diagnosis or condition;also showing patient outcomes. Justification for treatment, care of services rendered must beincluded within each record. There is a retention standard for medical records required by TJCthat has proven and will continue to prove vital in todays, society of medical/malpractice law suits. Each state determines the retention time of medical record information; however, sevenyears is what TJC recommends.