Chasing down information on incomplete records can be overwhelming and a lost cause. What do you do when a medical record is incomplete 30 days after discharge (or 14 in California's case) and thus does not meet regulatory standards? Do you file it away without an answer to an open query or a signature from the practitioner? What if the responsible practitioner retired, expired, or is no longer practicing at your facility? Are you doing everything you can to get most deficiencies completed prior to the patient being discharged?
In a time when so much attention is focused on issues such as cyber security and the dangers posed from evolving technology, it's easy to forget the HIPAA basics, such as the need for workforce members not to gossip or chitchat about patients with other staff members or people in the community.