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October Facilitator

 

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American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics & Pedorthics

OCTOBER 2019

In this issue...
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Medicare Corner Don't Wait to Update

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Recertification Compliance – It’s Not Just a Personal Problem!

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Surveyor Notes: Emergency Evacuation Drills

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Featured Standards - PR.2&3: Patient Record Security and Maintenance

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The Difference between Annual Fees & Renewal Fees

Stay Current

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Contact Us!

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. Contact us anytime.

 

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Director, Facility Accreditation Services

 

Application status or general accreditation questions:

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Survey blackout dates for vacation, construction, moving, etc.:

, ext.251

 

Report change of ownership, location move or new affiliate location:

, ext.205

 

Medicare reporting issues:

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Corrective Action Plans (CAPs) or assistance with the ABC Standards:

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Calendar

 

OCTOBER

7-12: Written & Simulation Certification Exams

Over 350 Locations Nationwide

 

10-12:

Wilmington, N.C.

 

19:

New York

 

23-25:

Woburn, Mass.

 

NOVEMBER

Free Lunch Challenge – Last Postcard Due!

 

1: Residency Completion Deadline for Dec. Written & Simulation Exams

 

App. Deadline for Jan. CPM Exams

 

4:

New Cumberland, Penn.

 

6-8:

Atlantic City

 

7-9:

Henderson, Nev.

 

DECEMBER

1: 2020 Annual Renewal Fees Due!

 

App. Deadline for Feb. Written & Simulation Exams

 

Residency Completion Deadline for Winter CPM Exams

 

9-14: Written & Simulation Certification Exams

Over 350 Locations Nationwide

------Medicare Corner------

Don’t Wait to Update ABC AND Medicare!

 

Things are bound to change in your business and updating us with those changes may not be at the forefront of your mind. However, some things need to be communicated in a timely manner, especially when they could cause major headaches later.

Recertification Compliance – It’s Not Just a Personal Problem!

 

Did you know that one of the top ten oversights during an accreditation survey is the failure to verify that your staff is currently certified? This oversight could lead to a facility not obtaining accreditation.

Surveyor Notes: Emergency Evacuation Drills

Rick Miller, CO, FAAOP, Surveyor

 

As an ABC Facility Accreditation Surveyor for over ten years, I’m often asked by businesses of all sizes for tips on how to be compliant with the most missed accreditation standards. Surprisingly, facility safety standards are often the ones most frequently found to be in ‘Noncompliance’, particularly Emergency Evacuation Drills.

Featured Standards – PR.2&3: Patient Record Security and Maintenance

 

Do you and your staff know your facility’s policy for securing and maintaining patient records? If the answer is ‘no’ or ‘what policy?’ then pay close attention, because this month we’re highlighting two very important Patient Record standards.

The Difference between Annual Fees and Renewal Fees

 

It’s time once again to submit the annual fees for both your individual certification and your organization’s facility accreditation as well as update the contact or employee information for your individual or facility records.

Reminders

 

Privileging Changes Now in Effect

Don’t forget that you can no longer privilege non-credentialed caregivers to provide services to your patients. The revised gives additional details and is available for review on the ABC website. Just a reminder, mastectomy facilities are exempt from this change.

 

2019 Expirees

If your facility’s accreditation expiration date was in 2019 and you have not submitted a renewal application, your facility is currently past-due. If you haven’t already done so, please as soon as possible!

 

2020 Annual Fees

The deadline for paying your 2020 renewal fee is fast approaching. Renewal fees (different from reaccreditation application fees) are due December 1. You should have already received an email reminder along with your invoice. Take advantage of how easy it is to .

 

Win Lunch on ABC – Last Postcard Due in November!

The Free Lunch Postcard Challenge is in full swing, and the last one is due next 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, just in time for the holidays.

Satisfaction Survey Winner

 

The winner of our quarterly satisfaction survey drawing is Ellen Moses of Elegant Beginnings in Mobile, Ala. Congratulations Ellen and thank you for participating!

 

We would like to extend a big THANK YOU to all who completed the survey! Your input is invaluable and helps us make the accreditation application and survey process better.

 

If you have been surveyed recently, 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 at . We’d love to hear from you!

 

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