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Thank you for choosing ABC for your accreditation. The information contained in this comprehensive guide will provide you with everything you need to successfully understand and satisfy ABC’s Patient Care Facility Accreditation Standards and ensure that your facility is ready for accreditation. ABC’s Patient Care Accreditation program recognizes patient care facilities that promote the best business and patient care practices in the O&P profession. Are you the best at what you do? Prove it with ABC Accreditation!
The American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics, Inc. (ABC) is an independent, nonprofit, standard-setting organization for the accreditation of orthotic, prosthetic, pedorthic and mastectomy patient care practices as well as the certification of practitioners in these disciplines. Our Patient Care Accreditation Program is designed for facilities that provide orthotic, prosthetic, pedorthic and mastectomy services to patients. Your business must employ board certified or licensed personnel appropriate to the scope of services you provide. ABC also provides accreditation for non-patient care, central fabrication facilities.
ABC is governed by a voluntary board of directors composed of orthotic, prosthetic and pedorthic health care professionals and consumers. In coordination with the board, ABC accreditation policy is administered by the Facility Accreditation Committee. ABC’s mission is to establish and promote the highest standards of organizational and clinical performance in the delivery of orthotic, prosthetic and pedorthic services. Our high standards, affordability and consultative approach are what make ABC the premier choice for O&P Accreditation.
In 2003, CMS implemented standards of patient care and fraud protection over the orthotic, prosthetic, pedorthic, mastectomy and durable medical equipment professions and relies on non-governmental accrediting organizations, such as ABC, to evaluate all patient care centers against the established Medicare Quality Standards.
In 2006, ABC was awarded Deemed Status from CMS. With this status, facilities accredited by ABC are in compliance with CMS’s mandatory accreditation requirement. Deemed Status from CMS is a validation of ABC’s high standards and serves as the highest public recognition of orthotic, prosthetic, pedorthic and mastectomy care centers.
Accreditation is a privilege, not a right. We have the legal authority to award accreditation and may withhold, suspend or revoke accreditation if your facility violates ABC’s policies, rules or regulations. Once you submit an application for accreditation, you agree to abide by the Terms of Agreement and Business Associate Agreement (found within the application), the ABC Code of Professional Responsibility and the policies and standards outlined in the Mastectomy Facility Accreditation Guide.