Annual ACHC Standard Updates

On an annual basis, ACHC reviews the standards for each accreditation program to ensure relevancy. Generally the revisions are minor and include additions, deletions, and clarifications. The 2019 revisions were released February 1. All deletions and clarifications became effective February 1. New standards and additions to standards become effective June 1.

Below is a partial list of revisions, by program:

Home Health

Standard  Change Effective Date
HH1-8A Added the word organization/organizations to the standard regarding the written agreement requirements. February 1, 2019
HH2-6B.02 Clarified in the standard that a written policy and procedure regarding providing the patient with information about advance directives. February 1, 2019
HH4-1B.01 Clarified direct patient care to be the care of a patient provided personally by a staff member or contracted individual/organization in a patient’s residence or healthcare facility. Direct patient care may involve any aspects of the health care of a patient, including treatments, counseling, self-care, patient education, and administration of medication. February 1, 2019
HH4-2H.01 Replaced the word “contact” with “care” as it related to criminal background checks. February 1, 2019

Hospice

Standard  Change Effective Date
HSP1-8A Added the word organization/organizations to the standard to be consistent with the Medicare Conditions of Participation §418.100(e) regarding the written agreement requirements. February 1, 2019
HSP4-1B.01 Clarified direct patient care to be the care of a patient provided personally by a staff member or contracted individual/organization in a patient’s residence or healthcare facility. Direct patient care may involve any aspects of the health care of a patient, including treatments, counseling, self-care, patient education, and administration of medication. February 1, 2019
HSP4-2H Replaced the word “contact” with “care” as it related to criminal background checks. February 1, 2019
HSP4-14A Added physician assistants as an allowable individual that the interdisciplinary group may confer with regarding the patient’s medication management. February 1, 2019
HSP5-1B Decreased the retention of medical records to six years from the date of the most recent discharge of death of the patient from seven years. February 1, 2019
HSP6-3A Removed the requirement that the annual QAPI report is included in the hospice’s annual evaluation. February 1, 2019
HSP7-4F Changed the Hospice standards referenced in the interpretation to the correct Hospice standards; HSP7-3A to HSP7-4B, HSP7-3B to HSP7-4C, HSP7-3C toHSP7-4D, and HSP7-3D to HSP7-4E, respectively. February 1, 2019

Private Duty

Standard  Change Effective Date
HH1-8A Added the word organization/organizations to the standard regarding the written agreement requirements. February 1, 2019
HH2-6B.02 Clarified in the standard that a written policy and procedure regarding providing the patient with information about advance directives. February 1, 2019
HH4-1B.01 Clarified direct patient care to be the care of a patient provided personally by a staff member or contracted individual/organization in a patient’s residence or healthcare facility. Direct patient care may involve any aspects of the health care of a patient, including treatments, counseling, self-care, patient education, and administration of medication. February 1, 2019
HH4-2H.01 Replaced the word “contact” with “care” as it related to criminal background checks. February 1, 2019

DMEPOS

 Standard Change Effective Date
 DRX3-4B Added clarification regarding the requirements for notifying clients/patients of their financial responsibilities  February 1, 2019
 DRX4-7A Added requirement for annual competency assessment to be conducted for personnel who clean, test and/or repair equipment  June 1, 2019

Pharmacy

Standard Change Effective Date
 DRX3-4B Added clarification regarding the requirements for notifying clients/patients of their financial responsibilities  February 1, 2019
DRX7-8J.01 New standard for IRX, SRX, and SRXOnly that adds quality control measures to assure proper medication labeling  June 1, 2019

Sleep

Standard Change Effective Date
SLC4-6A Added clarification that all technicians scoring sleep studies must be credentialed as required by standard  February 1, 2019

PCAB

Standard Change Effective Date
TCRX7-A & B Changed the requirement for the submission of continued compliance data from annual submission to submission during the mid-point in the accreditation cycle  June 1, 2019

ACHC has posted a complete list of updated standards, for each program, in the 2019 Standards Update Reference Guides. Access the Standards Update Reference Guides in your Customer Central account by selecting the “Resources” tab, then choosing the “Education Library” dropdown, then choosing your program within the “Educational Tools” section, and then clicking on the 2019 update.

If you have any questions regarding these changes, please contact your Account Advisor.

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