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Why You Should Dwell on Dwell Time!

Aug 8, 2019 10:24:53 AM / by ACHC posted in PCAB

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By Lori A. DeVito, RPh., HDDP, Compounding Pharmacy Specialist, PCAB Surveyor

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Our P&P Manuals Can Be a Guide to Your Success and Stability

Jul 16, 2019 2:58:57 PM / by ACHC posted in ACHCU, Pharmacy, Rx

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Arriving at a desired quality threshold can require a guiding hand. Everyone needs guidance or assistance from time to time, which is where we at Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC) come in.

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Completion of an Annual Summary of Performance Improvement Continues to Be One of the Most Missed Standards During a Survey

Mar 1, 2019 8:30:52 AM / by ACHC posted in PCAB

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By Lori A. DeVito, RPh., HDDP, PCAB Compounding Pharmacy Specialist

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ACHC Releases Revisions to PCAB Standards

Feb 28, 2019 1:52:11 PM / by ACHC posted in Uncategorized

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Jon Pritchett Pharm.D., RPh., Associate Director of Pharmacy

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Annual ACHC Standard Updates

Feb 27, 2019 2:11:32 PM / by ACHC posted in ACHC Today, DMEPOS, Home Health, Hospice, PCAB, Private Duty, Programs, Rx, Sleep

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On an annual basis, ACHC reviews the standards for each accreditation program to ensure relevancy. Generally the revisions are minor and include additions, deletions, and clarifications. The 2019 revisions were released February 1. All deletions and clarifications became effective February 1. New standards and additions to standards become effective June 1.

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The importance of the Certificate of Analysis and updating the Master Formulation Record

Feb 14, 2019 4:18:10 PM / by ACHC posted in PCAB

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By Lori A. DeVito, RPh., HDDP, PCAB Compounding Pharmacy Specialist

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CMS Lifts Home Health Moratoria in FL, TX, MI & IL

Jan 31, 2019 2:43:59 PM / by ACHC posted in Accreditation, ACHC Today, CMS, Florida, Home Health, Illinois, Medicare, Michigan, Moratoria, Programs, texas, Uncategorized

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According to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), “As of January 30, 2019, there are no active Medicare Provider Enrollment Moratoria in any State or U.S. territories.”  CMS announced Wednesday that the provider enrollment moratoria on home health agencies in Illinois, Michigan, Texas, and Florida have expired. The notice from CMS can be read here.

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Welcome to the U!

Jan 15, 2019 10:57:15 AM / by ACHC posted in ACHCU

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As of Jan. 14, you’ll see a new, more dynamic branding message from Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC), as Accreditation University is now known as ACHCU.

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Partial Shutdown Not Expected to Hamper Providers, ACHC

Dec 31, 2018 1:20:20 PM / by ACHC posted in Programs

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As the new year begins with the continuation of a partial federal government shutdown, we are keeping our attention focused on what this may mean for our providers and their patients. Essentially, we are able to deliver good news, with little to no impacts foreseen.

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Mapping Community Palliative Care

Aug 14, 2018 2:15:31 PM / by ACHC posted in ACHC Today, Hospice

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Palliative care is well established in U.S hospitals, with seventy-five percent of those with fifty beds or more reporting a palliative care program. Recognizing the needs of seriously ill patients and their families in all care settings, many palliative care programs are working to extend services in their communities – either by expanding existing hospital programs to other settings, or building new programs in non-hospital settings.  These programs provide palliative care in patient’s homes, nursing homes, doctor’s offices, and outpatient clinics, and are vital in reaching a patient population that would otherwise not be served through traditional hospital palliative care. However, little is known about the locations or extent of this community reach, or how these community palliative care services are staffed and structured to meet patient and family need.

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