2020 ASC Manual

Prepublication Notice HFAP has submitted revisions to the Ambulatory Surgery Center manual for approval from CMS. The revisions are the result of the CMS Final Rules published in the September 30, 2019 edition of the Federal Register. These changes are tentatively projected to become effective for surveys on or after May 4, 2020. When an effective date is…

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HFAP Celebrates 75 Years

Nation’s original accreditor remains at the forefront of quality improvement, patient safety

(Chicago) January 13, 2020 – This year, HFAP, America’s original healthcare accreditation program, is celebrating its diamond anniversary – marking 75 years of leadership in healthcare accreditation and quality improvement. Since its founding in 1945, HFAP has driven advancement in patient safety and quality of care through a collaborative, informative and peer-based approach to the accreditation experience.

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CAH Deemed Status Renewal

Critical Access Hospitals are vital providers of high-quality healthcare services in rural communities

(Chicago) January 8, 2020 – HFAP, America’s original healthcare accreditation program founded in 1945, recently received renewed approval of its deeming authority for critical access hospitals (CAHs) from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS). CMS deemed status approval allows HFAP to continue to be recognized as a national accrediting organization for CAHs that wish to participate in the Medicare or Medicaid programs.

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CMS Publishes Final Rules

On September 30, 2019, CMS published Final Rules in the Federal Register (linked below) that affect acute care hospitals, critical access hospitals, and ambulatory surgery centers, as well as other deemed status healthcare facilities. All regulations are effective November 29, 2019 with the exceptions of those regarding QAPI in CAHs and the antibiotic stewardship programs…

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