Written by Jennifer Kennedy
CHAP recently announced that we will incorporate compliance program standards in our standards of excellence for home health, hospice, home infusion therapy, DMEPOS, pharmacy, and home care in mid-2024. Solid compliance programs support an ethical environment and help reduce fraud, waste, and abuse. While certain healthcare providers are required to adopt compliance programs, it is a best practice, and the government recommends that all healthcare providers have a compliance program even if not required to do so by law.
CHAP’s compliance program standards are thoughtfully constructed and incorporate the U.S. Office of the Inspector General’s core program elements. We developed a new key performance area (KPA) named “Compliance Program” that will be embedded in all CHAP service line standards of excellence beginning in June 2024. As promised, we are providing a preview of the draft standards below for providers to begin integrating them into their operations.
We will offer compliance program education and resources leading up to the implementation of the standards to help organizations ramp up their implementation. Please watch CHAP communication carefully to remain updated.
In the realm of home-based healthcare, the distinction between good and great care is often defined by the role of compliance. This invisible backbone extends beyond immediate healthcare services, forming a critical framework that upholds every action and procedure to the highest standards of legal and ethical conduct. Healthcare compliance and quality are also closely connected in the healthcare continuum, as both play crucial roles in ensuring the delivery of safe, effective, and ethical healthcare services.
Learn more about the foundational role of compliance in home-based healthcare and the importance of adhering to legal and ethical standards by revisiting our insightful blog, The Backbone of Better Quality Care: Compliance in Home-Based Healthcare