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:

Accreditation Commission for Health Care


Mail-Order Pharmacies Program

Mail-order pharmacies can gain accreditation through new program

Responding to a growing trend in the pharmacy industry, the Accreditation Commission for Health Care has introduced a new accreditation service for mail-order pharmacies. The program helps organizations address standards concerning pharmacy licensure, patient records, shipping methodology and more before earning recognition for their quality control systems. In addition, the accreditation will also help pharmacies meet the requirements of payers.

  • (919) 785-1214

Board of Certification/Accreditation International (BOC)

Board of Certification/Accreditation (BOC)

Expedited Accreditation Option

Faster program helps providers save time, money

  • This service provides a CMS-compliant opportunity to begin serving Medicare patients sooner while ensuring alignment with regulatory requirements.
  • Expedited service guarantees a visit from a surveyor within 10 business days.
  • BOC’s customer service ensures providers receive step-by-step, expert guidance throughout the entire process.
  • (877) 776-2200

Accreditation Commission for Health Care

ACHC Transition Program

Transition Program

Through transition program, organizations can transfer accreditation to ACHC

Through the ACHC Transition Program, organizations have the chance to transfer their accreditation to the Accreditation Commission for Health Care. Earning accreditation involves a simple four-step transition process and does not require any annual fees. Those steps include submitting a registration and $500 deposit, undergoing a review of accreditation documents, learning about policy and procedures with a clinical educator and earning approval.

  • (919) 785-1214

Compliance Team

The Compliance Team 25 Years

Patient-Centered Respiratory Home

Program helps respiratory providers differentiate

  • Designation highlights the role of respiratory HME as the “go to” provider for respiratory care management.
  • The program enhances patient management practices through concise measures that cover care planning, provider coordination and communication between respiratory specialists and prescribers.
  • The only designation that recognizes respiratory HMEs for their expertise in care coordination for the medical community.
  • (215) 654-9110

HealthCare Quality Association on Accreditation

Healthcare Quality Association on Accreditation

DMEPOS Accreditation

  • Web-based process is intuitive and individualized, with each customer is assigned an accreditation coach to ensure that no one walks through the process alone.
  • Limited DMEPOS and full-line DMEPOS accreditation program is tailored specifically to client needs.
  • Once accredited, customers are provided with tools to ensure that they stay informed about changes in requirements.
  • (866) 909-4722

The Joint Commission

The Joint Commission

Accreditation for DMEPOS

Helping HMEs make themselves the 'partner of choice'

  • Process-oriented standards focus on operational areas that critically impact the safety and quality of DMEPOS services.
  • Proactively manages critical risks and enhances operational consistency.
  • Helps gain access to managed care contracting opportunities.
  • (630) 792-5800

Accreditation Commission for Health Care



Accreditation Commission for Health Care reinvents program

  • Learning management system improves the education experience for healthcare providers, as they prepare for and maintain their accreditation and licensure.
  • Enhancements will be made over the next few months to better serve other healthcare professionals.
  • Formally known as MED U.
  • (919) 785-1214

Community Health Accreditation Program (CHAP)

Community Health Accreditation Program

CHAP Accreditation

Flexible Standards and Experienced Site Inspectors

  • CHAP has created accreditation Standards of Excellence for HME which reflect state and federal laws, as well as best practices in the industry.
  • CHAP standards provide guidance and structure, and are flexible to accommodate many business models.
  • The standards detail all the necessary requirements and components of policies and procedures.
  • (202) 862-3413

Compliance Team

The Compliance Team Exemplary Provider Accreditation

Patient-Centered Respiratory Home

Accreditation specifically for home respiratory care providers

The first accreditation program specifically designed to help advanced respiratory care providers perform at the top of their license to better serve their “critical needs” patients The Compliance Team’s operations-based Exemplary Provider accreditation program for Patient-Centered Respiratory Home enhances patient management practices through concise measures the cover access issues, provider coordination, and communication between respiratory specialists and prescribers.

  • (215) 654-9110

Board of Certification/Accreditation International (BOC)

Board of Certification/Accreditation (BOC)

Board of Certification/Accreditation (BOC)

Accreditation and certification services for HME providers

Board of Certification/Accreditation (BOC) will showcase its certification and accreditation for the DME and HME industry. The difference between the two? Certification is an assurance to patients of professional competency, quality care and safety, while accreditation helps suppliers meet CMS billing standards and demonstrates sound business practices and compliance with all applicable laws. A key highlight at the booth will be BOC’s recent Certified DME Specialist (CDME) certification and DMEPOS accreditation.

  • (877) 776-2200

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