Inside the Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC)

The Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC) provides accreditation and other related services for professionals in the fields of home health care, hospice, renal dialysis, Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics/Orthotics & Supplies (DMEPOS), and home infusion therapy. The non-profit accrediting organization was formed in 1986 by a group of home care industry leaders and providers. 

ACHC is a recognized leader in home health care accreditation with CMS deeming authority, ensuring compliance with the Medicare Conditions of Participation (CoPs). In addition, the non-profit’s 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.

The non-profit organization provides several tools and educational services, including:

  • a checklist to help guide home health care agencies through the accreditation process;  
  • a workbook specifically developed to help organizations create more efficient policies and procedures; 
  • online, live workshops on the ACHC accreditation process along with a comprehensive review of the ACHC standards and Medicare CoPs; and 
  • on-demand webinars on topics relevant to specific industries. For example, next month, home health care providers can sign up for a webinar on “Infection Prevention and Control Update: Caring for a Patient with COVID-19 in the Home.” In June, the ACHC will be holding a “Practical Guide to a Home Health Competency Program” webinar. 

ACHC also offers home health care providers the ability to earn its Distinction in Telehealth, Distinction in Behavioral Health, and Distinction in Palliative Care. 

Accreditation is a key benchmark for consumers by which to measure the quality of an organization. It also helps providers differentiate themselves from other health care organizations, and demonstrate their dedication to improving patient outcome and safety and remaining compliant with industry standards, containing costs, and practicing performance improvement.

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