What Does It Mean To Be Accredited Per the CMS Guidelines?
With the Medicare Modernization Act, CMS implemented new standards of patient care and fraud protection over the entire orthotic, prosthetic, pedorthic and DME market. These new standards require all DME suppliers to submit to mandatory facility accreditation – and CMS is going to rely on independent organizations ( see the list to the right) to verify compliance against established Medicare Quality Standards. The Standards are grouped into seven categories. Accreditation decisions are based on the degree of conformity with each Standard. The categories are:
Administration; this standard deals with governance, what legal form the organization has taken, idenditfing the leadership of the organization, development od policies and procedures, physical location of organization, scope of practice.
Financial Management; financial practices that ensure accurate accounting and billing.
Human Resources; written policies to specify personnel qualifications, training, experiences and continuing eduction
Consumer Services; the standards designed to support the delivery of high quality patient care – and to ensure that patient needs are met.
• Performance Management; the standards associated with the assessment and improvement of the delivery of patient care services.
• Product Safety; supplier to implement an equipment and item management program that promotes their safe use and minimizes risk.
• Information Management; system in place to maintain accurate, pertinent, accessible, confidential and secure patient records.
A complete list of Supplier Quality Standards is listedbelow
WE CAN HELP!
There are companies that provide Policy and Procedure Manuals giving you a framework to set up the necessary policies and procedures to meet accreditation standards. But what about your physical facility, safety procedures, quality assessment and improvement and patient records?
For a very low fee we will evaluate all of your compliance materials and perform a comprehensive on site mock facility survey. This can be a great way to reduce your stress and feel confident that you and your staff are prepared for that unannounced accreditation survey. With over 150 points of interest, we will provide:
1. Evaluation of your policy and procedure manual
2. Patient care and management assessment
3. Evaluation of your quality assessment and improvement program
4. Safety inspection with emphasis on emergency preparedness
5. On site mock facility survey
6. A written report with practical solutions
You can be confident that all information is held in the strictest confidence. We will have a signed confidentiality agreement in your hands before we do anything.
American Board for Certification in Orthotics & Prosthetics (ABC) 330 John Carlyle Street Suite 210 Alexandria, VA 22134 (703) 836-7114
The Joint Commission 601 13th Street NW, Suite 1150 N Washington DC 20005 (630) 792-5000
National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) 1600 Feehanville DriveMount Prospect, IL 60056 (847) 391-4406
Board of Orthotist/Prosthetist Certification (BOC) 7150 Columbia Gateway Drive, Suite G Columbia, MD 21045 (443) 539-3810 or (877) 776-2200
The Compliance Team, Inc. 905 Sheble Lane, Suite 102Spring House, PA 19477 (215) 654-9110
The National Board of Accreditation for Orthotic Suppliers 401 N. Michigan Avenue, 22nd Floor Chicago, IL 60611 (888) 463-4011
Commission of Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities 4891 E. Grant RoadTucson, AZ 85712 (520) 325-1044 or (888) 281-6531
Community Health Accreditation Program 1300 19th Street NW, Suite 150Washington, DC 20036 (202) 862-3413
HealthCare Quality Association on Accreditation 217 West 4th StreetWaterloo, IA 50702 (866) 909-4722
Accreditation Commission for Health Care, Inc. 4700 Falls of Neuse Road, Suite 280Raleigh, NC 27609 (919) 785-1214