Plans - Management Plans vs. Policies/Procedures

How are management plans different than policies and procedures?

Management plans are not operational policies, but provide a high-level framework for environment of care management. In other words, management plans should be a roadmap/outline to describe how the standards apply to the organization, and then describe how the organization will comply with the applicable standards. They cover all facilities where patients are seen or treated. They identify how the organization will manage risks through planning, implementation, and evaluation of results. They address scope, objectives, staff responsibilities, and time frames for identified activities. They are used as a guide to maintain ongoing environment of care standards compliance through meetings, reporting, data collection, communications, etc. so that at the end of a 12-month period, the environment of care program can be effectively evaluated. Therefore, environment of care management plans are to be reviewed annually. [EC.01.01.01]
Last updated on April 11, 2016
Manual: Ambulatory
Chapter: Environment of Care EC

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