New York court denies CHAP appeal

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Tuesday, April 30, 2002

NEW YORK — The New York Supreme Court in March denied an appeal to place the Community Health Accreditation Program (CHAP) in receivership.

The motion had been filed by Mel Lev, the former CEO and 'principal member' of CHAP, now under investigation by the New York attorney general's office for financial irregularities at the not-for-profit organization (see HME News, April 15, 2002).

Meanwhile, the attorney's general's motion for a preliminary injunction to keep Lev out of CHAP's offices during litigation is pending.

Currently, Lev and other members of his family, are subject to a temporary restraining order.

CHAP said the investigation has not jeopardized CHAP's deeming authority as an accreditation organization that surveys Medicare providers.

"There's absolutely no question that it remains in place," said Diane Feinstein, CHAP's v.p. of operations. "There's really no problem with it at all." HME

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