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.
We have been in contact with CMS and they have assured us that there will be no impact to their operations as they are funded through the end of their fiscal year, September 30, 2019. This means there will be no effect on payments to healthcare providers through the federal government payment system, and no changes with state-level survey and certification operations.
As for accreditation, ACHC is not a federal agency and our operations will not be affected by the shutdown. All surveys, reviews, and support services performed by ACHC and its affiliates will be provided according to normal schedules.
We will continue to stay abreast of any impact the shutdown may have at both federal and state levels and make you aware of any noteworthy developments as soon as we become aware of them. In the meantime, if you have any questions about your accreditation or would like to bring our attention to any issues, please do not hesitate to contact your Account Advisor or call ACHC at (855) 937-2242.
Thank you for your continued dedication to serving your patients with excellence and distinction and may 2019 bring you and your loved ones good health, happiness and success.
Barbara Sylvester, RN, BBA, MSOLQ
Director, Regulatory Affairs and Quality