Accreditation

Accreditation continues to play a vital role in the home medical equipment industry. In addition to needing to establish or renew accreditation in order to bill Medicare, providers have a number of reasons why accreditation plays a regular role in their daily lives.

Medicare accreditation compounds a provider’s reputation with referral partners and satisfaction from patients. It shows accredited HME providers are a partner in patient care and optimizing outcomes, and having an accrediting organization confirm that a provider meets Medicare’s standards in that regard gives the provider a competitive edge.

Ultimately, Medicare accreditation has morphed into a bit of a Gold Standard. Now even private payer insurers and health plans seek out HME providers that have Medicare accreditation. Bearing that in mind, accrediting organizations are working to increase accreditation’s market cachet.

Also, accrediting organizations are starting to offer specialized accreditation designations to further help HME providers demonstrate to referral partners and patients that they are an expert in their community when it comes to medical equipment and that they possess deep product knowledge as it pertains to their care.

These specialized accreditation distinctions take the Medicare accreditation for a specific category and “turn it up to eleven.” The standards for these programs are robust and put providers through their paces, but once a specialized accreditation is achieved, the recipient can use it to say it is the best of the best. If accreditation is a Gold Standard, then specialized accreditation would be the Platinum Standard. Let’s look at some current accreditation services available to providers:


Board of Certification/Accreditation International (BOC)

BOC Mastectomy Fitter

BOC Mastectomy Fitter

Become a BOC Mastectomy Fitter

Founded in 1984, the Board of Certification/Accreditation (BOC) is a non-profit agency dedicated to meeting the demands for quality patient care by offering credentials for professional suppliers of comprehensive orthotic and prothetic care and durable medial equipment services. Trained and certified mastectomy fitters are integral to the physical and emotional well-being of patients. BOC Mastectomy Fitter (CMF) certification assures the public of an enhanced commitment to patient care and compliance. EW members
save 10 percent on Mastectomy Fitter certification.

  • (877) 776-2200

American Board for Certification in Orthotics & Prosthetics, Inc.

American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthic

Mastectomy Fitter Certification

ABC Offers Mastectomy Fitter Certification

The American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics, Inc. (ABC) is a credentialing board for the orthotics and prosthetics profession and has more than 14,000 certified individuals and over 6,000 accredited facilities. ABC’s orthotic and mastectomy fitter certification prepares individuals for direct patient care. ABC’s facility accreditation program is recognized by the CMS, Veteran’s Administration, major healthcare insurance providers and HMOs throughout the United States as a leader in orthotics and prosthetics accreditation.

  • (703) 836-7114

Healthcare Quality Association on Accreditation (HQAA)

Healthcare Quality Association on Accreditation

Healthcare Quality Association on Accreditation (HQAA)

Simplified Services Includes Coaching

  • Web-based process is intuitive, helpful and individualized, and each customer is assigned an accreditation coach to insure that no one walks through the process alone.
  • “Bite-size” approach lets customers create their policy and procedure manual in small steps, which simplifies the process.
  • Once accredited, customers are provided with tools to ensure that they stay informed about changes in requirements, plus a system to keep materials and records updated.
  • (866) 909-4722

Community Health Accreditation Program (CHAP)

Community Health Accreditation Program

Community Health Accreditation Program

Flexible Standards and Experienced Site Inspectors

  • CHAP has created accreditation Standards of Excellence for HME which reflect state and federal laws, and the latest best practice information in the industry, as well as Medicare Supplier and Quality Standards.
  • CHAP standards provide guidance and structure, and are flexible to accommodate many business models. The standards detail necessary requirements and components of policies and procedures.
  • CHAP’s site visitors have at least five years middle-senior management experience in the service line in which they perform Site Visits, and maintain a current license in their home state. Site Visitors receive ongoing training and development.
  • (202) 862-3413

Board of Certification/Accreditation International (BOC)

Board of Certification

Board of Certification/Accreditation International (BOC)

One-on-One Guidance from Experts

  • Accreditation process includes step-by-step instructions for the entire accreditation process with BOC’s Accreditation Survival Guide.
  • Accreditation experts provide one-on-one assistance, answering client questions and provide detailed guidance.
  • Expert advice from our facility surveyors — many of whom have experience as DMEPOS providers — on regulations that may affect providers.
  • (877) 776-2200

Accreditation Commission for Health Care

Accreditation Commission for Health Care

Accreditation Commission for Health Care Inc.

New Online Offering Provides Centralized Resource for Providers

  • Accreditation University (AU), a division of Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC), has launched its official website, accreditationuniversity.com, which provides a central site for clients to view, research, and purchase AU products to prepare for ACHC Accreditation.
  • The ISO 9001:2000 certified organization includes seven accrediting programs: DMEPOS, pharmacy, sleep, home health, hospice and behavioral health.
  • Features a “checklist for success” workbook, which takes organizations step by step through each of ACHC’s standards and accreditation process. The workbook is designed for both new and existing agencies and will include best practices, survey tips and various tools to maintain compliance.
  • (919) 785-1214

The Joint Commission

The Joint Commission

The Joint Commission

Standards that Focus on Operational Quality and Safety

  • Process-oriented standards focus on operational areas that critically impact the safety and quality of DMEPOS services including: equipment management, staff competency, and infection control.
  • During the onsite visit, our surveyors determine standards compliance using an interactive “tracer” process that enables the management team to see the strengths and weaknesses of their processes in real time under typical business conditions.
  • Resources include free online information and checklists; free webinars; a specially trained Account Executive devoted to customer needs; and a help desk staffed with DME industry experts to answer your standards-related questions.
  • (630) 792-5800

Compliance Team

The Compliance Team

The Compliance Team

Customized, Simplified Accreditation

  • Product-line and service-specific, three-year-cycle accreditation programs feature plain language quality standards in addition to including expert mentoring, manuals, self-assessment checklists, corporate compliance/anti-fraud plans, and electronic patient outcomes benchmarking.
  • Exemplary Provider programs are structured to dramatically simplify the accreditation process, with each program custom fitted to a provider’s exact accreditation needs.
  • TCT’s broad range of industry-related accreditation services include DMEPOS, pharmacy services, infusion, sterile & non-sterile compounding, long term care, and sleep care management.
  • (215) 654-9110

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