The Community Health Accreditation Program, Inc. (CHAP) is the leader in improving the quality of care in the home care industry. By combining a high quality accreditation program with deemed status and a strong national presence, CHAP accreditation is a valuable asset to today’s home care organization. It brings accredited organizations recognition for quality care and a reputation for caring about people.
CHAP’s goal is that home care not only prospers, but gains strength in the overall health care industry. To achieve this, CHAP is devoted to providing consultation of the highest caliber, along with a broad network of professional resources.
CHAP was granted deeming authority by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in 1992 for home health, and in 1999 for hospice. This means that instead of state surveys, CHAP has regulatory authorization to survey agencies providing home health and hospice services, to determine whether they meet the Medicare Conditions of Participation (COPs). CHAP accreditation is available to organizations providing the following services:
- Home Health
- Home Medical Equipment
- Infusion Therapy Nursing
- Private Duty Services (includes professional and paraprofessional services)
- Home Care Aide Services (for paraprofessional-only businesses)
- Public Health
- Supplemental Staffing Services
- Community Nursing Centers
Standards of Excellence
The CHAP accreditation process uses the CHAP Standards of Excellence which are driven by considerations of management, quality, client outcomes, adequate resources, and long-term viability. The goal is to assist all types of community-based health care organizations to achieve the following:
- Strengthen internal operations
- Promote continuous quality improvement
- Promote consumer satisfaction
- Promote positive client outcomes
- Meet community health needs in a cost effective and efficient manner
- Maintain the viability of community health practice nationwide
- Assure public trust in community-based services and products
CHAP is committed to assuring that home and community health care organizations adhere to the highest standards of excellence, and that providers maintain compliance with the current standards. The CHAP Standards of Excellence provide guidance and reality-based criteria for the evaluation of an organization. These criteria are based on 4 key Underlying Principles (UP), which drive each set of the CHAP Standards:
- The organization’s structure and function consistently supports its consumer-oriented philosophy, mission, and purpose.
- The organization consistently provides high-quality services and products.
- The organization has adequate human, financial, and physical resources to accomplish its stated mission and purpose.
- The organization is positioned for long-term viability.
In keeping with its goal of elevating the quality of all community health care in the United States, CHAP continually reviews and updates the Standards of Excellence.
CHAP accreditation publicly certifies that an organization has voluntarily met the highest standards of excellence for home and/or community-based health care. Additional benefits of accreditation by CHAP include management consultation of the highest quality, access to a broad network of professional resources, and guidance critical to building intra and inter-organizational collaboration and strength.