October Facilitator


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October 2018
In this Issue

Medicare Corner
Mastectomy Scope Unchanged
Surveyor Notes
Featured Standard
SOP Changes - Are You Ready?

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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1: Application Deadline for Winter CPM Exams

1: Residency Completion Deadline for November Certification Exams

1: Application Deadline for ABC/OPERF Student Award for Academic Achievement.
For more info or to apply, go to operf.org.

4-5: Northern Plains Chapter Academy Annual Fall Seminar
Vadnais Heights, MN

18-20: Virginia Orthotic & Prosthetic Assn. Annual Meeting

19: Michigan Orthotic & Prosthetic Assn. Administrative Meeting



1: Application Deadline for Winter CPM Exams

4-6: Pennsylvania Orthotic Prosthetic Society Annual Meeting

5-10: Written and Written Simulation Certification Exams
Over 300 Locations Nationwide

7-9: New Jersey Chapter Academy Annual Meeting
Atlantic City

15-17: Pedorthic Footcare Assn. Annual Symposium & Exhibition
St. Louis, MO

28-30: New England Chapter Academy Annual Meeting
Uncasville, CT



1: Residency Completion Deadline for January Certification Exams

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Supplier Standard #30 – The 30 Hour Rule

Per Medicare’s Supplier Standards, all DMEPOS providers must be open to the public a minimum of 30 hours a week, with the exception of READ MORE ⇒

Mastectomy Scope of Practice Remains Unchanged

While the ABC Board recently decided to make changes to the Scope of Practice regarding privileging of non-credentialed individuals, there will be no changes to READ MORE ⇒

Surveyor Notes -
The Five Ws of Safety Data Sheets

Shawn D. Whale, CFts, ABC Surveyor

What are Safety Data Sheets and why does it matter to you? OSHA’s revised Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) requires READ MORE 

Featured Standards: Annual Compliance Standards

Every year, there are a set of standards that you need to complete in order to remain compliant.
Not only are these standards required for accreditation, but 

Scope of Practice Changes: Are You Ready?

You should have already received several notifications that effective January 1, 2019, the practice of privileging non-credentialed caregivers will be eliminated. The ABC Board of Directors have revised ABC’s Orthotic, Prosthetic and Pedorthic Scope of Practice, specifically the way individuals can be privileged to READ MORE ⇒

Reminders & Announcements

Annual Fee
Your 2019 Annual Fee and Data Verification Form (DVF) are due to ABC by December 1, 2018. Invoices were emailed in September. Please note that these fees are different and separate from any fees related to an application or survey. Facilities that are not current with their annual fees will not be reported to Medicare as holding accreditation from ABC and cannot be verified to third parties. If you haven’t done so already, log in to your facility’s MY ABC account to pay any unpaid annual fees and ensure that you are in good standing with ABC..

Satisfaction Survey Winner
The winner of our quarterly satisfaction survey drawing is Cindy Winter of P & O Services, Inc. in Southfield, MI. Congratulations, Cindy, 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, April and July the next one is due in November! 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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