July Facilitator


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July 2018
In this Issue

Medicare Corner
The Do’s and Don’ts of CAPs
Surveyor Notes
Featured Standard
Is Your Facility Missing Something?

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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9-14: Written and Written Simulation Certification Exams
Over 300 Locations Nationwide

10-12: American Assoc. of Breast Care Professionals Global Breast Care Summit & Expo
New Orleans

13-14: PrimeFare East Regional Scientific Symposium

26-28: Florida Assoc. of Orthotists and Prosthetists Annual Scientific Symposium

1: Residency Completion Deadline for September Written and Written Simulation Exams

10-11: Texas State Chapter Academy Annual Meeting

17-18: Arkansas State Orthotics & Prosthetics Association Annual Meeting
Little Rock

1: Application Deadline for November Written and Written Simulation Exams

7-8: Orthotic CPM Exam
ABC Testing Center, Tampa

13-15: Midwest Chapter Academy Annual Meeting
Lake Geneva, WI

14-15: Prosthetic CPM Exam
ABC Testing Center, Tampa

17-22: Written and Written Simulation Certification Exams
Over 300 Locations Nationwide

26-29: American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association National Assembly
Vancouver, BC, Canada

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Check Out the CGS Online Education Portal!

For those of you that bill Medicare, particularly those in Jurisdiction B and C, did you know that CGS, one of the DME Macs for two regions, has an Online Education Portal? READ MORE ⇒

The Do’s and Don’ts of CAPs

If you’ve recently received your survey results and are now required to submit a Corrective Action Plan (CAP), remember that there is a right way and a wrong way to submit your plan to ABC. READ MORE ⇒

Surveyor Notes -
Documentation of Patient Care: Life after CMS’ ‘Dear Physician Letter’

Joan Zinter, CPO, ABC Surveyor

Two recent policy developments have dramatically changed the landscape for the orthotic and prosthetic profession. READ MORE 

Featured Standards: FS.3.2.1 & FS.3.2.2 – Emergency Evacuation Drills

As you may recall, June was National Safety month and in honor of that we featured Emergency Evacuation Drills in our Compliance Calendar. We are re-enforcing the significance of Standards FS.3.2.1 and FS.3.2.2 this month READ MORE ⇒

Is Your Facility Missing Something?
ABC’s Five W’s of Good Communication

As with any relationship (even the one you have with ABC), good communication is key. Your ABC accreditation is an important part of your business practice and maintaining good communication with us can make a real difference! READ MORE ⇒

Reminders & Announcements

The privileging updates to the Scope of Practice are effective January 1, 2019. These updates will affect any facility that privileges NON-CERTIFIED individuals. Make sure you are aware of how this may affect your facility and take steps to address any changes you need to make before the deadline. To review the Privileging FAQs and Scope of Practice addendum, please visit the ABC website.

October 2018 Expirees
Applications for sites expiring October 1, 2018 were due to ABC on April 2. If you haven’t done so already, please submit your online renewal application to ABC as soon as possible!

Satisfaction Survey Winner
The winner of our quarterly satisfaction survey drawing is Ron Lentini, CFts of Archie’s Shoe Store in Kulpmont, PA. Congratulations, Ron, and thank you for your participation!

We would 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.

If you have recently been surveyed, keep an eye on your inbox! ABC emails a unique 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 have not been surveyed recently but would like to provide feedback, please email us your thoughts. We’d love to hear from you! 

Win Lunch on ABC - Next Postcard Due Now!
By now, you should have received your 2018 Accreditation Compliance Kit Calendar and have been playing along with our Free Lunch Postcard Challenge. We’ve already collected postcards for the months of January and April and the next one is due this month! Answer a simple compliance question, mail in the corresponding postcard and be entered in a chance to win free lunch for your entire staff compliments of ABC.

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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