In response to the COVID-19 public health emergency, HFAP paused onsite survey activity beginning in mid-March. At that time, we began collecting weekly data from organizations as each entered the six-month period (the “survey window”) prior to the stated expiration of accreditation/certification.
At this time, we expect to begin surveying in the month of June. This will be a measured re-entry based on data collected from a variety of resources. In addition to the COVID-19 information provided by organizations, we will prioritize surveys based on past deficiency reports, regional and local outbreak “hot spots,” geographic location of available surveyors to compose an appropriate team, and state and/or local travel restrictions, among other criteria.
We will continue to evaluate and re-assess the process on a case-by-case basis in order to minimize risk to our organizations and the communities they serve, as well as to our surveyors who will be assigned with a minimum of 14 days between surveys in most cases.
Should an organization with a pending application for reaccreditation or recertification reach its expiration date before an onsite survey takes place, accreditation or certification will be automatically extended. This includes Medicare-certification.
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