ACHC to Educate HCAF Members on Avoiding Sanctions Clinical Expert to Present at Florida Conference

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ACHC to present at the Home Care Association of Florida (HCAF) 25th Annual Conference and Tradeshow on Tuesday, July 22, 2014.

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ACHC Clinical Compliance Educator, Lisa Meadows, will be presenting at the Home Care Association of Florida (HCAF) 25th Annual Conference and Tradeshow on Tuesday, July 22, 2014. HCAF is a premier trade association for the home care sector in Florida, and is widely recognized throughout the southern region of the United States. The annual conference will be held at Buena Vista Palace Resort and Spa, in Orlando, FL, and will host the largest gathering of home health agency managers within the state of Florida.

The presentation titled “The New Home Health Sanctions” will cover significant aspects of staff adherence to the Medicare Conditions of Participation (CoPs) and compliance for home health providers. Agencies need to make their audit practices more efficient to ensure staff is providing care in accordance with the Medicare CoPs. The new sanctions are effective mid-2014, and if agencies are not in compliance with CoPs, monetary sanctions will be imposed. The 60-minute session will help administrators, faculty, and clinical personnel learn how to avoid these deficiencies in order to avoid sanctions. It will also examine the recent year’s top 10 Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) cited deficiencies in order to help providers avoid common mistakes during the survey process. The presentation will be held from 1:30 PM- 2:20 PM in the “Crown” room, and is open to all conference attendees.

“ACHC understands the difficulty in staying current and up-to-date with an industry that is constantly changing,” said Julie Pazun, ACHC Director, Home Health, Hospice, Private Duty, Behavioral Health, and Ambulatory Care. “That is why we place great value on providing educational opportunities for healthcare providers who seek to stay ahead of the curve; we are delighted to support the HCAF members and the 2014 Annual Conference.”

ACHC offers nationally-recognized accreditation services for home health, hospice, and private duty agencies. The organization’s unique, 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. ACHC currently accredits more than 1,955 home health, hospice, and private duty locations across the U.S. and has been recognized by CMS as a national accrediting organization for home health and hospice.

ACHC is a not-for-profit accreditation organization that has stood as a symbol of quality and excellence since 1986. The organization has CMS Deeming Authority for Home Health, Hospice, and DMEPOS, and a Quality Management System that is certified to ISO 9001:2008. ACHC is the provider’s choice for accreditation because of their personal Accreditation Advisors, relevant and realistic standards, competitive pricing, and a friendly, consultative approach to accreditation. Accreditation by ACHC reflects an organization’s dedication and commitment to meeting standards that facilitate a higher level of performance and patient care.

For more information on ACHC’s accreditation programs and educational resources, or to download ACHC Accreditation Standards, please visit or contact them at customerservice(at)achc(dot)org or (855) 937-2242.

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