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Skiff awarded CHAP accreditation

Published: Tuesday, April 9, 2013 12:13 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, April 9, 2013 12:15 p.m. CDT

Community Health Accreditation Program Inc. recently announced that Skiff Medical Center has been awarded CHAP accreditation under the CHAP Standards of Excellence.  This is the fourth year that CHAP accreditation has been awarded to Skiff.

“Skiff is delighted that we have again received CHAP accreditation,” CEO Steve Long said.  “It is very rewarding to be recognized for our commitment to quality and to providing compassionate, personalized and highly-skilled care to our patients.”

CHAP accreditation demonstrates that Skiff meets the industry’s highest nationally recognized standards.  Rigorous evaluation by CHAP focuses on structure and function, quality of services and products, human and financial resources, and long-term viability.  Through CHAP accreditation, Skiff is also certified as a Medicare provider.

“We are very pleased that Skiff chose CHAP accreditation,” said Terry A. Duncombe, CHAP president and CEO.  “Voluntarily selecting to achieve CHAP accreditation and meeting our high standards of excellence demonstrates Skiff’s commitment to quality.  CHAP is delighted to work with their entire team through the ongoing process of quality improvement.” 

CHAP is an independent, not-for-profit, accrediting body for community-based health-care organizations.  Created in 1965, CHAP was the first to recognize the need and value for accreditation in community-based care.  CHAP is the oldest national, community-based accrediting body with more than 5,000 agencies currently accredited nationwide.  Through “deeming authority” granted by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, CHAP has the regulatory authority to survey agencies providing home health, hospice, and home medical equipment services, to determine if they meet the Medicare Conditions of Participation and CMS Quality Standards.  CHAP’s purpose is to define and advance the highest standards of community-based care.

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