Why Accreditation, Why CHAP?
Accreditation provides objective non-biased third-party review to ensure a provider has policies and procedures compliant with current state and federal regulations and industry standards of practice and care, and consultation and education by industry experts, who can help coach, educate and inspire organization staff to achieve higher levels of performance.
In today's competitive market, if you are the best and can prove it, customers will choose you. Simply meeting the minimum standard may put your organization in the game, but demonstrating performance that voluntarily earned recognition from a nationally recognized body for exceeding the minimum standard improves the structure and function of the organization, positioning it for growth and long term viability.
Promoting accreditation through marketing efforts communicates to customers and stakeholders your organization has met accreditation standards and differentiates your organization as a cut above the others.
Many payers recognize accreditation and approve participate in provider networks for those organizations who have demonstrated quality and adherence to high standards of care through accreditation.
More and more, consumers look for accreditation as a reassuring seal of quality as they select a provider for themselves or loved ones.
Accreditation provides a solid foundation for continuous quality improvement focused on compliance and quality. As state and federal regulations change, accreditation provides the framework for easy updates to practice, policies and procedures.
With budgets tight and many competing priorities, accreditation demonstrates a commitment to quality by showing consumers and stakeholders through resource obligation your organization’s steadfastness.
Founded in 1965, CHAP is the oldest community-based accreditation program with the most experience of any other accrediting organization and the oldest national community-based accrediting body.
CHAP standards are relevant to community-based care and aren't retrofitted from standards created for institutions or facility-based care providers.
CHAP standards are written in plain language and are easy to follow. While many providers choose to use consultant assistance with accreditation, many other providers follow our self-directed process reducing costs associated with accreditation and increasing the return on investment it offers. Our electronic self study and plan of correction provide dynamic tools to measure progress against goals and a collaborative toolset for teams.
CHAP standards provide useful guidance and structure, and are also flexible to accommodate many business models. The standards detail necessary requirements and components of policies and procedures. Providers are encouraged to use this framework to detail how they meet requirements in providing their own brand of care.
From application to accreditation, CHAP central office staff and site visitors provide an educative approach to share best practices and compliance techniques with seasoned counsel and a focus on excellent customer service.
Providers who seek deemed status reduce the number of site visits from different agencies, as CHAP accreditation can replace state surveys.
At CHAP, our site visitors are all masters prepared professionals with direct management and practice experience in the services they survey. This means a pharmacist will not lead a survey for home health provider just as a nurse will not lead a survey for a pharmacy. All CHAP site visitors are CHAP employees so they can provide consultative and educative counsel with no other drivers save for quality.
CHAP CARES (Computer-based Accreditation Review and Evaluation System) provides a dynamic automated application process, online self study, electronic plans of correction and accreditation information via the client portal. Click here to learn more about CARES.
CHAP provides regular education sessions in workgroups, committees and electronic webinars. We record each live webinar and post it to our website so that attendees can download session materials and those who cannot attend live sessions can download or view webinars online to learn at their own pace.
CHAP accreditation is generally more affordable than other accrediting organizations and is payable in interest-free annual payments. All CHAP fees are inclusive of all aspects of the three-year accreditation and are outlined clearly in the accreditation contract. We believe CHAP accreditation is a process, not an event. Organizations that use our process to improve their performance provide higher quality products and services. And we believe if you are better and can prove it, customers will choose you.
Choose CHAP today .