Accreditation is the process in which certification of competency, authority, or credibility is presented.
Organizations that issue credentials or certify third parties against official standards are themselves formally accredited by accreditation bodies (such as UKAS); hence they are sometimes known as "accredited certification bodies". The accreditation process ensures that their certification practices are acceptable, typically meaning that they are competent to test and certify third parties, behave ethically and employ suitable quality assurance.
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Why Does Accreditation Matter?
In short: Accreditation matters because your loved one matters. Accreditation affects quality of care, reimbursement from Medicare and Medicaid, and ensures continual quality checks over time.
Accreditation is a way to earn the public’s trust by establishing a mark of excellence, thereby setting a home care organization apart from all others, and making it easy for consumers to recognize quality when choosing a home care provider... Read more.
MORE ON ACCREDITING BODIES: THREE LEADING ACCREDITATION ORGANIZATIONS
The Joint Commission was formerly the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO).
The Joint Commission is a United States-based nonprofit tax-exempt 501(c) organization that accredits more than 21,000 US health care organizations and programs. A majority of US state governments recognize Joint Commission accreditation as a condition of licensure for the receipt of Medicaid and Medicare reimbursements.
The Community Health Accreditation Program (CHAP) is a national, independent, U.S. not-for-profit accrediting body for community-based health care organizations. CHAP is the oldest national, community-based accrediting body with more than 9,000 agencies currently accredited nationwide.
Through "deeming authority" granted by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), in 1992, CHAP has the regulatory authority to survey agencies providing home health, hospice, and home medical equipment services to determine if they meet the Medicare Conditions of Participation and CMS Quality Standards.
The Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC)
ACHC is a non-profit accreditation organization that has stood as a symbol of quality and excellence for 30 years. ACHC offers nationally recognized accreditation services for home health, hospice, and private duty agencies. The organization has Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Deeming Authority for Home Health, Hospice, and Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS), and a Quality Management System that is certified to ISO 9001:2008.
ACHC's consultative approach to accreditation is designed to improve the quality of patient care while enhancing business efficiencies through service-specific standards and industry-based best practices. Throughout the entire accreditation process, ACHC is dedicated to delivering the best possible experience.
Working with nurses opened up the world of caregivers to me.
My professional career started at Island Peer Review Organization (IPRO) in 1993. “IPRO is a national organization providing a full spectrum of healthcare assessment and improvement services that foster more efficient use of resources and enhance healthcare quality to achieve better patient outcomes”. I enjoyed an entry level learning experience working with the professional staff including many registered nurses.
I next became an integral part of the start-up of Managed Healthcare Systems (MHS). MHS began as a Medicaid Managed Care plan in New York, licensed to provide health insurance to 20,000 new members in Brooklyn. As MHS successfully grew, its territory expanded to additional boroughs in NY. With the opening of a Newark, New Jersey office, MHS became known as Americhoice of New York and New Jersey.
By 1999, having gained five years of experience in the Health Services Department assisting the Quality Assurance and Utilization Review nursing staff, I was promoted to the position of Executive Assistant to the Medical Director, Philip Bonaparte, MD, and worked there until 2000.
In 2000 I was hired by the National League for Nursing (NLN) for the position of Liaison to the Board of Governors and support staff to the Office of the CEO. NLN is the oldest professional nursing association in the United States, promoting “excellence in nursing education to build a strong and diverse nursing workforce to advance the health of our nation and the global community.”
Again, I had the opportunity to work side by side with the professional nursing staff. With a promotion to the position of Operations Manager, I was able to assist thousands of nurses either onsite at the New York City headquarters; face to face at the NLN annual Education Summit; or by phone and email communications. I became known as the NLN’s trusted “go-to” person until their re-organization and relocation to Washington, D.C. in 2013.
In my amazing career, I became a natural networker and I am proud to say that thousands of nurses nation-wide know my name. I realized that my experience, knowledge, and connections could be used to create a service that would make the lives of caregivers and those in need of care easier. The creation of There’s No Place Like Homecare, LLC.® and its website Nurse Mother Caregiver, is a direct result of my twenty years’ experience at these three amazing health care-related organizations, and of the knowledge I gained from my contact with so many wonderful nurses and caregivers.
NurseMotherCaregiver is a unique website that provides information and resources in every state for those seeking home care, home health care, and hospice care providers. It promotes businesses and organizations that offer products and services relevant to care.
Our website includes unique resources for emotional support of home health care providers and their clients, including original music, folk artwork, and nature appreciation.
Our state-by-state easily searchable, secure online directory includes home care, home health care and hospice providers, plus businesses and organizations that offer products and services relevant to care. Accreditation information is a priority.
The creation of NurseMotherCaregiver is a labor of love, the amazing result of life experiences by the time I reached my senior years. A family caregiver myself, I recognized the need for a welcoming website offering an online directory of home care, home health care, and hospice organizations in the USA.
People who require home care need a simple way to find local care givers. Nurses and family caregivers need a simple way to find employment offering home care. A solid understanding of the importance and value of accreditation is important for everyone. I saw a need to fill this lack of information and resources.
Established in 2017, NurseMotherCaregiver honors nurses and caregivers. It provides original therapeutic music, colorful folk art, and nature appreciation for everyone’s enjoyment and respite from the challenges of home health care.
I invite all nurses, all care givers, and all those in need of care to enjoy my website and benefit from the caring information, education, music, art, and advertisements from caring businesses that offer a service or product to enhance the quality of your everyday life.
~ Cindy Rogers