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General Info

 

ABC has been accrediting orthotic, prosthetic and pedorthic patient care organizations since 1948 and still maintains the highest standards in the profession. We are a Medicare Deemed Authority for all aspects of Medicare Part B DMEPOS care and service. 

Attaining ABC accreditation won't be the easiest thing you'll do for your business, but it does provide a framework for implementing the fundamentals of business organization and excellence in patient care – putting your business above the competition. ​

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 Overview

ABC provides accreditation programs for the following types of facilities:
  • Comprehensive Orthotics & Prosthetics 
  • Comprehensive Orthotics 
  • Comprehensive Prosthetics 
  • Prefabricated Orthotics 
  • Off-the-Shelf Orthotics 
  • Comprehensive Pedorthics 
  • Non-Custom Therapeutic Footwear 
  • Mastectomy 
  • Ocular Prosthetics

ABC also provides accreditation for Durable Medical Equipment (DME) and Ancillary Assistive Devices (AAD). Please note, to become accredited with DME or AAD, your facility must also provide one of the above listed services.

Why ABC Accreditation?
The ABC accreditation process assists you in improving organizational consistency throughout your facility's operations by creating a minimum expectation for the organizational function and physical environment of your facility. Additionally, our onsite surveyors seek to provide a positive survey experience, one that is consultative and educational rather than impersonal and punitive. ABC's high standards and commitment to superior patient care make achieving accreditation with ABC a mark of exceptional quality.

​Beyond reaching the highest standards in the profession, ABC accreditation also benefits your facility by reducing your risk of liability through compliance with ABC and Medicare's Supplier Standards and preparing you for potential Medicare audits.

How long does the process take?
The application approval process takes two to four weeks and we will notify you as soon as your facility has been approved for an onsite survey. Please note that your survey can occur as soon as 24 hours after your application has been processed. All first-time applicants will be surveyed within 90 days of application approval.

Once you are awarded accreditation, it can be valid for up to three years. To maintain your accreditation, you will need to submit an application for renewal along with your annual fee and be resurveyed. ​

Check the eligibility criteria below. Once you've determined that you meet the requirements and are ready for an onsite survey, submit your application!

 Eligibility

The following criteria will help you determine if you are eligible to apply for accreditation. While not a comprehensive list, it does cover the basic requirements that you need to have in place before you apply. The remaining eligibility requirements are identified throughout the standards themselves and are relevant to specific products and services your organization may provide.

Your organization must be:

  • Located within the United States, one of its territories or possessions, or is a Department of Defense medical treatment facility or program.
  • A formally organized and legally established business that provides the type(s) of DMEPOS patient care services for which you are applying.
  • Licensed according to applicable state and federal laws and regulations, and maintains all current legal authorization to operate.
  • Staffed with board certified or licensed personnel appropriate to the scope of services you provide.
  • Operational and have a minimum of 10* complete patient charts available at the time of the onsite survey.
  • Applying for ABC accreditation for all of the services it provides, regardless of whether Medicare is billed for these services. This requirement extends only to those services for which ABC offers accreditation.
  • Applying for ABC accreditation for all patient care locations and each location must be in an appropriate clinical setting. The decision of what is an appropriate clinical setting is solely within ABC's discretion.
  • Compliant with state licensure requirements.

​*If the facility is newly established and has a limited patient care history, ABC may determine that a smaller number of complete patient charts is acceptable.

In addition, you must:

  • Clearly define the items and services you provide to patients, insurance companies, referral sources and regulatory bodies, including Medicare.
  • Comply with the ABC Code of Professional Responsibility.
  • Agree to the terms and conditions in the application materials.
  • Not falsify or misrepresent your accreditation status.

 

Note: If allowed by state law, Pharmacists are exempt from standard HR.4.1.

 Fees

Affordable accreditation is important and the ABC program is designed to be cost effective. As a nonprofit organization, we strive to keep our costs contained and operate as efficiently as possible. This allows us to keep application and renewal fees low, especially when compared with other accrediting organizations.

First-time Applicants
The total cost of accreditation depends on the services being provided and the number and/or location of patient care facilities. This includes the application fee as well as the onsite survey fee. Accreditation application and survey fees are non-refundable. The annual fee for the remainder of the calendar year is waived.

Pricing

  • Primary Location:  $1,825
  • Affiliate Location (maximum of 4):   $900 each location
  • Mastectomy-only Primary Location:  $1,475
  • Mastectomy-only Affiliate Location:  $800 ($775 for each additional location - maximum of 4 locations)​
  • Each additional service provided:   $250
  • DME (See DME explanation):  $2,000

Renewing Applicants​
Your accreditation can be valid for up to three years. Prior to your facility's accreditation expiration, you will need to reapply and be resurveyed. The renewal fee is based on the current services you provide and includes the application fee along with the onsite survey fee.

Pricing

  • Primary Location:   $1,225
  • Affiliate Location:  $600 ($575 for each additional location - maximum of 4 locations)
  • Mastectomy-only Primary Location: $925
  • Mastectomy-only Affiliate Location: $600 ($575 for each additional location - maximum of 4 locations)
  • Each additional service provided:  $200
  • DME (See DME explanation):   $1,500

Annual Fees
Once your facility is accredited, there is an annual fee for each location. Invoices for the annual fee and a contact verification form are mailed in mid-September and are due December 1st. If your payment is not received by December 1st, your facility will not be listed in the ABC directory and will be subject to a $25 late fee. Annual fees cover December 1st to November 30th of the following year. 

  • Primary location:  $600
  • Affiliate location:   $300​
  • Mastectomy-only primary location:   $300
  • Mastectomy-only affiliate location:  $150

Essentially Women (EW) Application Discount Policy
Mastectomy-only facilities that are active members with the EW buying group are eligible for a discount on their accreditation application fees. These facilities are required to provide their EW membership number in the designated area of the payment page. Requests for discount reimbursement or refunds after the application has been submitted will not be accepted. EW members that are providing services in addition to mastectomy, such as Comprehensive Orthotics and Prosthetics, are not eligible for the discount.​​​​

To learn more about EW membership, click here​​.

 Surveys

Once your accreditation application is approved, we will conduct an onsite survey. 

CMS regulations require that all onsite surveys be unscheduled and unannounced. Onsite surveys will be conducted during your regular business hours, as indicated on your application. All ABC surveyors will present their photo identification badge upon their arrival.

By submitting your application, you affirm that your facility is ready for the onsite survey at any time. We are unable to rescheduled surveys due to emergency closure, staff unavailability or lack of readiness. If your facility will be closed for any reason, please inform ABC in writing.

Surveyors are assigned based on the programs indicated on your application. ABC site surveyors have education and training that qualifies them to evaluate the specific services you provide. Surveyors may be generalists or content specialists who are or were themselves practitioners or educators within the discipline represented by the program. Surveys are conducted by either a single surveyor or a team of surveyors. We may also send a surveyor apprentice as part of the survey team at no charge to you.

When preparing for your survey, be sure to have a comprehensive understanding of the ABC Facili​ty Accreditation Standards and use the Relevant Standards Tool as a tool to help you focus on the specific standards that relate to your type of facility.

 Relevant Standards Tool