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2014 Strategic Framework  
CHAP strives to be the preferred provider of accreditation in home and community-based care, a thought leader in related quality and research, a continuous learning community and a high-performing organization.

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MLN Matters® Special Edition Article #SE1222 , “Negative Pressure Wound Therapy Interpretive Guidelines”
In May 2012, CMS released Interpretive Guidelines for Negative Pressure Wound Therapy (NPWT) in a Medicare Learning Network Article.  This article is designed to provide education on CMS-approved guidelines that accrediting organizations can use to accredit suppliers that provide Negative Pressure Wound Therapy (NPWT) equipment to Medicare beneficiaries.  It includes a list of relevant local coverage determinations and standards to help DMEPOS suppliers comply with standards and guidelines for NPWT equipment.  CHAP has developed a crosswalk of the CHAP Standards (CORE and Home Medical Equipment) as a resource for organizations providing NPWT. 

Documents Requested During the Site Visit
This form assists organizations in having the required documents available during the site visit.

What to Expect After the Site Visit?
This document provides information on what happens after the site visit; plan of correction process and board of review processes.

The Delta Study to Reduce Hospitalizations: A National Study to Reduce Avoidable Hospitalizations through Home Care
The Delta Study to Reduce Hospitalizations was sponsored by Delta Health Technologies and co-sponsored by the National Association for Home Care & Hospice. Advisors were the Home Health Quality Improvement (HHQI) National Campaign, NAHC Forum of State Associations, Community Health Accreditation Program, The Joint Commission, American Physical Therapy Association. Fazzi Associates served as the project management and leadership for the study.

CDC Infection Control Guidelines
The CHAP Standards for Infection Control and Prevention are that the organization has written policies and procedures for the practices which promote the health and safety of the clients served and the staff providing the products and/or services.  The CDC Infection Control Guidelines may be a useful tool in developing and tailoring processes for infection control and safety.

National Supplier Clearinghouse Licensure Information
General resource directory from the National Supplier Clearinghouse (NSC) indicating which states require licensure for a variety of community-based products and services.   Disclaimer:  This licensure directory is only a guide. The various state boards or regulating agencies have the final determination as to what license is or is not required.  It is the supplier’s responsibility to ensure they are in compliance with all state and federal laws and regulations.

Home Health Compare
Patient oriented language about Medicare basics and home health outcomes

Product Safety Webinar
"FDA MedWatch and Patient Safety" is a 24 minute self-learning tutorial covering the MedWatch Program goals of broadcasting safety information and encouraging adverse event reporting.

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Studies (CMS)
This CMS Site is designed to provide Medicare enrollment information for providers, physicians, non-physician practitioners, and other suppliers.  There are downloadable fact sheets to learn more about Medicare provider and supplier enrollment.

CMS 855A--Medicare Enrollment Application for Home Health and Hospice Providers
The Medicare enrollment form for organization seeking to be approved as a Medicare home health provider.

CMS 855S--Medicare Enrollment Application for Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS) Suppliers
The Medicare enrollment form for organization seeking to be approved as a Medicare DMEPOS provider (medical equipment) billed under Part B.

OSHA information on employee workplace protections for respiratory related issues; fit testing, etc.
OSHA standards for recording and reporting occupational injuries and illnesses and in specific standards for the general industry. Refer to the Training section for an OSHA slide presentation, Overview of Enforcement for Occupational Exposure to Tuberculosis and National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Update on how to obtain free training videos in DVD format designed to help protect healthcare employees from the risk of job-related tuberculosis infection.

Institute of Medicine (IOM) topics related to Quality and Patient Safety
The IOM focuses on patient safety in order to promote policies and best practices that create safe and high-quality health care environments.

Health Care Fraud Prevention and Enforcement Action Team (HEAT) Provider Compliance Training Videos
Videos and audio podcasts that are part of the award-winning Health Care Fraud Prevention and Enforcement Action Team (HEAT) Provider Compliance Training initiative. Educational presentations designed to help prevent fraud, waste, and abuse.  

Also, the OIG has developed a series of voluntary compliance program guidance documents directed at various segments of the health care industry, such as hospitals, nursing homes, third-party billers, and durable medical equipment suppliers, to encourage the development and use of internal controls to monitor adherence to applicable statutes, regulations, and program requirements. Click here. 

National Association for Home Care (NAHC)
Membership association for private duty home care providers; affiliated with the National Association for Home Care

National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization
Membership organization for hospice providers

National Home Infusion Association
General infusion therapy information 

National Private Duty Association (NPDA)
Link to membership association for private duty home care providers

National Quality Forum (NQF)
Link to free resources at the National Quality Forum; resource to identify quality measures for performance improvement; not specifically geared to community based care 

Top Ten CMS Survey Deficiencies Handouts

Visiting Nurse Associations of America (VNAA)

The Visiting Nurse Associations of America (VNAA) is a national association that supports, promotes and advocates for community-based, nonprofit home health and hospice providers that care for all individuals regardless of complexity of condition or ability to pay.

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