January Facilitator


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January 2019
In this Issue

Medicare Corner
Updated Blackout Policy
Harassment in the Workplace
Surveyor Notes
Featured Standard
Privileging Changes & OTS
SOP Changes - Quick Recap

Contact Us!

At ABC, we want to continue working closely with your organization to help facilitate your accreditation process. We consider your facility part of our ever-growing ABC family and an ally in our mission to provide the highest quality of care for patients nationwide.

Tammi Richards, ext.230
Director, Facility Accreditation Services

Application status or general accreditation questions: 
Paolo Astorga, ext.205 or Lauren Moran, ext.251

Survey blackout dates for vacation, construction, moving, etc.:
Lauren Moran, ext.251

Report change of ownership, location move or new affiliate location:
Paolo Astorga, ext.205

Medicare reporting issues:
Christine Szymanski, ext.250

Corrective Action Plans (CAPs) or assistance with the ABC Standards:
Kyle Sins, ext.253 

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11-12: Orthotic Clinical Patient Management (CPM) Exam
ABC Testing Center, Tampa, FL

25-26: Prosthetic Clinical Patient Management (CPM) Exam
ABC Testing Center, Tampa, FL


1: Accreditation Renewal Application Deadline for sites expiring June 30, 2019

1: Application Deadline for April Written and Written Simulation Certification Exams

2-4: Essentially Women Focus Conference
St. Pete Beach, FL

15-16: PrimeFare Central Regional Scientific Symposium


1: Application Deadline for Spring CPM Exams

1: Practitioner Residency Completion Deadline for April Written & Written Simulation Exams

6-9: Academy Annual Meeting & Symposium

29-30: Ohio O&P Assn. and AAOP Ohio Chapter Annual Spring Meeting

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Surety Bond Exemptions

Medicare DMEPOS Supplier Standard #26 requires that your organization have a surety bond in order for you to obtain or retain your billing privileges. READ MORE ⇒

Updated Blackout Policy

ABC offers blackout dates to give your facility flexibility and peace of mind that an ABC surveyor won’t show up while you’re on vacation, at a conference or simply short on staff at a particular time. READ MORE ⇒

Harassment in the Workplace

Harassment of any kind, especially sexual harassment, certainly is a sensitive subject but one that ABC feels is important to discuss.READ MORE ⇒

Surveyor Notes -
Reviewing and Updating Your Policy Manual

Ted Markgren, CO (E), Senior Surveyor

The beginning of a new year offers an opportunity to do a bit of housekeeping around your facility. Reviewing and approving your policy and procedures manual is one of the most important activities to be performed. READ MORE 

Minor Standard Revisions

Effective January 1, the ABC Patient Care Standards have undergone minor revisions to enhance understanding and eliminate redundancy. READ MORE ⇒

Privileging Changes and OTS Devices

Many facility owners have inquired about the provision of off-the-shelf orthotic devices in response to the changes to the ABC Scope of Practice that took effect January 1. The elimination of privileging of non-credentialed staff does not affect...READ MORE ⇒

Scope of Practice Changes – A Quick Recap

You should already be aware of the changes that went into effect on January 1 that no longer allow non-credentialed individuals to be privileged for patient care, but...READ MORE ⇒

Reminders & Announcements
Privileging Changes Now in Effect
Privileging of non-credentialed caregivers has been eliminated effective now. The revised Orthotic, Prosthetic and Pedorthic Scope of Practice is available for review on the ABC website. Mastectomy facilities are exempt from this change.

June 2019 Expirees
Applications for sites expiring June 30 are due to ABC on February 1. If you haven’t done so already, please submit your renewal application to ABC online as soon as possible!

Annual Fee
Your 2019 Annual Fee and Data Verification Form (DVF) was due to ABC on December 1. Invoices were emailed in September. Please note that these fees are different and separate from any fees related to an application or survey. If you are not current with your annual fees, your facility’s accreditation status will not be reported to Medicare and cannot be verified to third parties. Be sure to log in to your facility’s MY ABC account to verify that you are in good standing with ABC.

Satisfaction Survey Winner
Congratulations to Kyle Riffle of Creative Prosthetics and Orthotics. LLC in Conover, NC our quarterly satisfaction survey drawing winner!

We'd like to extend a big THANK YOU to all who completed the survey! Your input is invaluable and will help us improve the accreditation application and survey process.

ABC emails a survey link to all recently surveyed facilities. All participants are eligible to enter in ABC’s quarterly drawing for a $50 Amazon gift card. 

If you haven't been surveyed recently but would like to provide feedback, please email us your thoughts. We’d love to hear from you! 

Free Lunch Postcard Challenge Winner
Congratulations to Tanya Baer, CFo and the entire Sierra Prosthetics – Orthotics team in Grass Valley, CA for participating in the free lunch challenge. They will receive lunch courtesy of ABC for their participation and ability to answer every challenge question correctly! 

Don’t forget to participate in this year’s free lunch contest and remember, you have to submit ALL four postcards in the month they are due to qualify. Good luck in 2019!

American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics & Pedorthics
330 John Carlyle Street, Suite 210
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
Tel: (703) 836-7114

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