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What Is CHAP Accreditation?

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chap accreditation sealCommunity Health Accreditation Partner (CHAP) is an independent, non-profit accrediting organization for home and community-based healthcare organizations. CHAP accreditation demonstrates that home health, palliative care, or hospice programs meet the industry’s highest standards for care.

CHAP has deeming authority granted by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to determine whether providers meet CMS quality standards and the Medicare Conditions of Participation. Deeming authority means that CMS recognizes accreditation by CHAP as meeting or exceeding Medicare standards.

Compassus Has Earned 99% CHAP Accreditation for Our Hospice Locations

99% chap accreditation“CHAP accreditation is a testament to our commitment to quality and operational excellence.”  Jen Hale, vice president of clinical quality and standards for Compassus

“Evaluation by a third-party accrediting agency helps ensure we fully comply with the CMS Conditions of Participation for Medicare Certification.”

Initially, the rigorous evaluation by CHAP starts with preparation by local program. Secondly, an unscheduled, in-person visit is conducted. These visits are designed to evaluate the program’s clinical care quality, as well as, patient and family experiences. Programs must ensure processes support long-term viability. Qualifications must be met to attain and keep CHAP certification.

In achieving CHAP accreditation, Compassus demonstrates our ability meets the industry’s highest nationally recognized standards for both quality and compliance. CHAP-accredited home health and hospice providers demonstrate compliance with CMS Conditions of Participation for Medicare Certification and CMS Quality Standards. The rigorous evaluation required focuses on program structure and function, quality of services and products, human and financial resources and long-term viability.

Adherence to CHAP standards leads to better quality hospice care and better business performance. Compassus is committed to achieving CHAP accreditation across the country as a testament to each community-based program’s commitment to quality as a cornerstone of operational excellence.