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.
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.
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.
The Remington Report interviewed Teresa Gregory, Corporate Director of Medical Services of America on behalf of Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC). Medical Services of America is a comprehensive home healthcare provider that offers home healthcare provider that offers home healthcare, hospice care, home medical equipment and supplies, diabetic supplies, respiratory services, mail order supplies, home infusion therapy, enteral nutrition therapy, senior/assisted living, full service pharmacy, physician practice management, and billing and printing services.
The essential function of the interdisciplinary team, IDT, is to work together as a cohesive unit to meet the physical, emotional, spiritual, and psychosocial needs of the patient and family. The expectation is all members work as equal partners in addressing the patient’s and family’s identified needs associated with the terminal illness and related conditions.
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published a proposed rule on April 28, 2017, CMS-1677-P, which aims to provide consumers with more information to help them choose a healthcare provider. This proposed rule would require all Accrediting Organizations (AOs) with CMS deeming authority to post survey reports and acceptable plans of correction (POCs) on their websites. For more information on the proposed rule view the CMS fact sheet.
At ACHC it’s our goal to be a partner throughout the entire process – before, during, and after accreditation. ACHC knows that once in your 3-year accreditation cycle, business operations adjust for market demands. Your company could move locations, add branch offices, adjust the services provided, or even purchase another entity. If anything changes with your business operations in your accreditation cycle, it is important to notify ACHC.