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Mock Tracers for Ambulatory Care
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U.S. Standards

Mock Tracers for Ambulatory Care, Revised Edition

A targeted way for your staff to learn about and practice mock tracers in an ambulatory health care setting.

August 2015; Revised 2017. 74 pages. PDF book.

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Product Description

Product Description

Mock Tracers for Ambulatory Care, Revised Edition, will help ambulatory care organizations use mock (practice) tracers to identify unrecognized standards compliance and patient safety issues and implement changes as part of an ongoing improvement process—before a survey takes place. This easy-to-follow, practical e-book offers a wealth of sample tracers, called scenarios, that address a variety of issues in ambulatory care.
Key Topics: 
  • Updated in 2016 to reflect changes in The Joint Commission survey process 
  • Compliance strategies 
  • Patient safety issues 
  • Process improvement 
Key Features:
  • Downloadable, adaptable worksheets and tracer questions to develop your own targeted mock tracers
  • A 10-step tutorial on how to conduct mock tracers
  • Sample tracer questions keyed to the tracer scenarios
  • Compliance strategies and a mock tracer tip for each scenario
  • Examples of completed mock tracer worksheets
Standards: All ambulatory care standards
Settings: All types of ambulatory care organizations, including:
  • Ambulatory surgery centers
  • Bureau of Prisons facilities and contracted prison facilities
  • Diagnostic/therapeutic services
  • Department of Defense facilities
  • Imaging services
  • Immigration facilities
  • Medical/dental services
  • Mobile diagnostic services
  • Office-based surgery practices
  • Sleep centers
  • Surgery/anesthesia services
  • Telehealth services
  • Urgent care centers 
Key Audience: Accreditation managers, patient safety officers, nurses, nurse leaders, risk managers, performance improvement professionals  
Table of Contents

Table of Contents


How to Use the Scenarios and Worksheets
How to Conduct a Mock Tracer 
Planning and Preparing for the Mock Tracer
Conducting and Evaluating the Mock Tracer
Analyzing and Reporting the Results of the Mock Tracer
Applying the Results of the Mock Tracer

Tracer Scenario Grid by Topic 

Tracer Scenarios for Ambulatory Health Care 

SECTION 1 Individual Tracer Scenarios 
SCENARIO 1-1. Ambulatory Surgery Center: Ophthalmology Surgery 
SCENARIO 1-2. Office-Based Surgery Practice: Oral Surgery 
SCENARIO 1-3. Ambulatory Surgery Center: Pain Management 
JCI SCENARIO 1-4. Ambulatory Health Care Center: Same-Day Surgeries and Endoscopy Services 
SECTION 2 System Tracer Scenarios
SCENARIO 2-1. Ambulatory Surgery Center: Data Management 
SCENARIO 2-2. Urgent Care Center: Infection Control 
SCENARIO 2-3. Office-Based Surgery Practice: Data Management 
SCENARIO 2-4. Urgent Care Center: Infection Control 
SCENARIO 2-5. Community Health Center: Infection Control 
SCENARIO 2-6. Ambulatory Health Care Organization: Medication Management 
SCENARIO 2-7. Community-Based, Federally Qualified Health Center: Medication Management 
SCENARIO 2-8. Plastic Surgery Center: Medication Management 
SCENARIO 2-9. Large Ambulatory Surgery Center: Infectious Waste Disposal 
JCI SCENARIO 2-10. Ambulatory Health Care Center: Infection Prevention 
JCI SCENARIO 2-11. Ambulatory Health Care Center: Medication Management 
SECTION 3 Program-Specific Tracer Scenarios 
SCENARIO 3-1. Large Ambulatory Health Care Organization: Continuity of Care 
SCENARIO 3-2. Ambulatory Chemotherapy/Infusion Center: Continuity of Care 
JCI SCENARIO 3-3. Ambulatory Health Care Center: Continuity of Care
Appendix A: Sample Tracer Worksheets 
Sample Tracer Worksheet: Scenario 1-2
Sample Tracer Worksheet: Scenario 2-1
Sample Tracer Worksheet: Scenario 2-4
Sample Tracer Worksheet: Scenario 3-1
Appendix B: Mock Tracer Worksheet Form 

Appendix C: Comprehensive Organization Assessment Form

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