Academic journal article Nursing and Health Care Perspectives

CHAP and the Department of Veterans Affairs

Academic journal article Nursing and Health Care Perspectives

CHAP and the Department of Veterans Affairs

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In 1965, when the Community Health Accreditation Program was established as a joint venture between the American Public Health Association and the National League for Nursing, its main purpose was to assure the consumer that organizations providing home health services were quality providers. At that time in the history of home health, no federal programs were paying for care; therefore, the monitoring programs that currently exist were not yet in place.

Today, 35 years later, CHAP's purpose continues to be the elevation of the quality of health care available to the consumer. This is accomplished through the accreditation process, by ensuring that the accredited organization meets certain "Standards of Excellence" that demonstrate quality service.

In CHAP's quest to elevate the quality of care, we do not discriminate against any group of consumers. To this end, we believe that all consumers should have access to CHAP accredited organizations, and, over the past several years, we have worked diligently to ensure that payers include CHAP accreditation as an option when contracting with post-acute care providers. Through our recognition by the National Commission for Quality Assurance (NCQA) and the URAC American Accreditation Healthcare Commission (as well as our deeming authority from the Health Care Financing Administration), the majority of managed care organizations and insurers now include CHAP accreditation as an option within their contracting process.

Recently, however, a major payer group has begun to reject CHAP accredited agencies as providers of service to their clients. In fact, this group has even told our accredited agencies that they must become accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) if they wish to continue to do business with them. Some of these providers have been servicing these clients for years, and have, in fact, been commended by this payer for their high quality services. Because this payer is the Department of Veterans Affairs, our veterans are being denied access to quality providers who have chosen CHAP over JCAHO, and providers are being denied the opportunity to select the accrediting body that most meets their needs.

Over 10 months ago, CHAP requested that the VA investigate why this action was taking place. It is only recently that we received a response from the Deputy Under Secretary for Health of the Department of Veterans Affairs. …

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