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January Facilitator

 

Your January Facilitator is Here! undefined
American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics & Pedorthics

JANUARY 2020

In this issue...
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Medicare Corner: Coworking Space

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Survey Windows & Blackout Dates

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Surveyor Notes: Annual Compliance Documentation

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Featured Standard – FS.2: Buildings and Grounds

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Code Revisions Jan. 1

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Important Reminder: Update Information with ABC

Stay Current

Do we have your most current info? To update your address, email and even staff, simply log in to your facility's account and click to edit your record.

 

Have Suggestions?

We value your input! Please send us an email with questions, comments or article ideas.

 

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.

 

, ext.230

Director, Facility Accreditation Services

 

Application status or general accreditation questions:

, ext.205 or

 

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:

, ext.250

 

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

, ext.253

 

Calendar

 

JANUARY

Compliance Calendar Free Lunch Challenge – First Postcard Due!

 

1: Application Deadline for December Written & Simulation Exams

 

1: Residency Completion Deadline for February Written & Simulation Exams

 

10-11: Orthotic CPM Exam

ABC Testing Center, Tampa

 

24-25: Prosthetic CPM Exam

ABC Testing Center, Tampa

 

FEBRUARY

1: Application Deadline for April Written & Simulation Exams

 

3: Accreditation Renewal Application Deadline for sites expiring June 30, 2020

 

10-15: Written and Simulation Certification Exams

Over 350 Locations Nationwide

 

14-15:

Tulsa

 

MARCH

1: Application Deadline for Spring CPM Exams

 

1: Residency Completion Deadline for April Written & Simulation Exams

 

4-7:

Chicago

 

27-28:

Columbus

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

Is a Coworking Space Right for Your Business?

 

You may have considered the possibility of sharing space with another business (also known as coworking) in order to extend your service area or reduce the cost of rent. Regardless of the reason...

The Scoop on Survey Windows & Blackout Dates

 

As we enter the New Year, it’s a good time to get a refresher on the overall reaccreditation process and specifically -- Survey Windows and Blackout Dates.

Surveyor Notes: Annual Compliance Documentation - The Long Game

Joan M. Zinter, CPO, Surveyor

 

It is important to remember that your upcoming facility accreditation survey is based on a three-year span of compliance activities.

Featured Standard – FS.2: Are Your Buildings and Grounds ABC Compliant?

 

Our featured standard this quarter is FS.2, which covers the physical features of your facility and is required for all accredited sites.

Code Revisions Effective Jan. 1: Solicitation & Terminating a Provider/Patient Relationship

 

At their September meeting, the ABC Board of Directors approved revisions to the ABC Code of Professional Responsibility and Rules & Procedures. These changes were effective January 1, 2020. The following two changes are the most significant and we’d like to highlight them and provide further explanation.

Important Reminder: Make sure your information is up-to-date with ABC

 

The recent open enrollment for CMS’s DMEPOS Competitive Bidding Program served as a reminder of the importance of updating ABC with any changes to your facility.

Reminders

 

June 2020 Expirees

Your application for renewal is due by February 3. Log in to your to complete your application and submit your fee. Make sure your email address is up to date so you receive important reminders and notifications from us!

 

2020 Annual Fees

Annual Fees and Data Verification Forms for both facilities and individuals were due on December 1, 2019. Remember that these fees are different and separate from any fees related to an application or survey. If you aren't current with your fees, your facility’s accreditation status will not be reported to Medicare nor will you be listed in the ABC online directory. To submit payment now, log in to your and click Pay My Annual Fee.

 

Win a Free Lunch on ABC – Next Postcard Due Now!

The Free Lunch Postcard Challenge is in full swing and we are currently collecting postcards for January. You could win a free lunch for your entire staff compliments of ABC. Remember to send each postcard during the month it is due – not before or after!

Congratulations to Timothy Lacy, CP and the entire La Torre Orthopedic Laboratory in Latham, NY for winning the 2019 Postcard Challenge!

Satisfaction Survey Winner

 

The winner of our fourth quarter satisfaction survey drawing is Patricia Roose, CO from the VA in San Diego, CA. Congratulations Patricia 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 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 and 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 at . We’d love to hear from you!

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