AAAHC has announced there will only be two outcomes for organizations undergoing a survey from the accreditor: three-year term or denial of accreditation, according to a report in the Nov. issue of Connection, the AAAHC's e-newsletter.
This change will apply to all types of surveys: initial, reaccreditation and early option, as well as Medicare-deemed status surveys. It starts following all accreditation surveys for which 2012 AAAHC standards are applied.
Under the new policy, organizations that receive a three-year term will experience no change in the accreditation process. Organizations that are found to have deficiencies may receive a three-year term requiring a plan for improvement (PFI) addressing all deficiencies within 10 days of receiving the decision letter.
Organizations seeking initial or continued Medicare-deemed status must submit a plan of correction (PoC) that addresses all deficiencies. After reviewing the PFI or PoC and the survey report, the accreditation committee will determine if an interim survey is required. For an early option survey, the organization will be required to undergo an interim survey during the three-year term.
Policies addressing the scope of the survey, survey process, and the organization's right to appeal a denial of accreditation remain unchanged. Additionally, random and discretionary surveys may be conducted as necessary in accordance with current AAAHC policies.
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