HQAA Blog

What to Expect During an Accreditation Survey

Posted by Steve DeGenaro on Mon, Apr 10, 2017 @ 02:04 PM

Companies going through an accreditation process usually experience at least some degree of anxiety.  The importance of achieving and maintaining accreditation is often “life and death” to an organization—lose it and you may not be able to continue billing or receive referrals from a payer or a referral source.  If it’s the first time you’re going through the process, you can also add the fear of the unknown to that equation.  Add these factors together and you have a combination that can cause a lot of stress!

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Topics: Renewing Accreditation, Quality Standards, HQAA Accreditation, HME Accreditation Requirements, Compliance, Avoiding Deficiencies

Top Ten Deficiencies & How to Prevent Them

Posted by Steve DeGenaro on Wed, Mar 08, 2017 @ 11:33 AM

The nature of accreditation is that a company embraces a continuous quality improvement methodology and operates its business in compliance with laws, regulations, and industry best practices to the best of its ability. Accreditation is a journey not just a destination – a journey full of learning opportunities, education, and revision and tweaking of your company’s processes and procedures.

That process doesn’t lend itself well to quick “punch lists” and it is not advisable to look for shortcuts along the journey. However,

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Topics: Quality Standards, HQAA Accreditation, HME Accreditation Requirements, Compliance, Avoiding Deficiencies

Law & Regulation: An Accreditation Issue?

Posted by Steve DeGenaro on Mon, Dec 12, 2016 @ 01:25 PM

 

Organizations are sometimes surprised to find out that surveyors look at various state and federal laws along with accreditation standards during the survey.  The fact of the matter is that law and regulation overlaps accreditation standards in many ways and in many places.  In fact, many accreditation standards have their basis in law and regulation.  Standard ORG 2 states that an organization willdemonstrate compliance with “all required federal, state, and local licenses, permits, certifications, and registration requirements”.  It also references compliance with Medicare enrollment standards, meaning that you must comply with the Quality Standards, which were the basis for all accreditation standards.  Essentially, what ORG 2 says is that you must follow all applicable law and regulation. 

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Topics: Quality Standards, HQAA Accreditation, HME Accreditation Requirements, Compliance

“Ride Alongs:” A Useful Tool for Your Company

Posted by Steve DeGenaro on Mon, Nov 14, 2016 @ 03:16 PM

“Ride alongs” are home visits that are performed with a new orientee or current staff member where an evaluator rides along to teach and observe the staff member performing the visit.  These visits are typically done during orientation/training and on an on-going basis for competency assessment.  These visits ensure that all of job-related tasks are being performed in a correct manner while the staff member is unsupervised in the field.

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Topics: HIPAA, Quality Standards, HME Accreditation Requirements, Patient Privacy, Quality Care, Delivery, Competence

DME Accreditation: How to Improve Quality & Performance Documentation

Posted by Jim Moyer on Wed, May 01, 2013 @ 07:27 AM

When it comes to DME accreditation, surveyors receive multiple inquiries on an ongoing basis regarding how to monitor quality continuously and improve the performance of their organization.

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Topics: Quality Improvement, Quality Standards, HME Accreditation Requirements, Process Improvement

Keeping Up With HME Accreditation Standards

Posted by Mary Nicholas on Tue, Nov 27, 2012 @ 04:05 PM

Or ... running on the treadmill and staying in the same place fast?

Reimbursements have dropped, goods cost more, employees would like a raise and as the business owner, you are barely staying in the black. You constantly make cuts to your expenses when you can, but the situation still is less than desirable.

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Topics: Quality Standards, HME Accreditation Requirements, Compliance

CMS Clarifies Quality Standards and K0005 - Ultra Light Weight Wheelchairs

Posted by Mary Nicholas on Mon, Aug 20, 2012 @ 09:05 AM

On August 16th the Accreditation Organizations received the notice below from CMS and we were asked to shared the information with all suppliers.

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Topics: Quality Standards, CMS