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Turf wars

September 25, 2015Liz Beaulieu, Editor

When it comes to accreditation, many private insurers need to get with the times, accreditation organizations say.Private insurers are requiring accreditation, too, but, in some cases, they're listing only a limited number of the 10 accreditation organizations that Medicare has approved for the task.“The credentialing departments within the BCBSs and the Aetnas may be using paperwork and policies and processes that go back before the deemed status days of DME, so they may be like, 'OK, in the...

Accreditation Organizations, HQAA, Mary Nicholas, Sandra Canally, The Compliance Team

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HQAA stays fresh

May 26, 2015Liz Beaulieu, Editor

WATERLOO, Iowa - In an economy where, according to the Small Business Administration, two-thirds of businesses don't make it past five years and 75% don't make it past 10 years, Mary Nicholas feels pretty good about HQAA.The accrediting agency celebrates its 10th year in business this year and will unveil a new look at The Heartland Conference in June.“We're the same solid, customer-oriented, compatible accreditor that we've always been,” said Nicholas, president and CEO. “We're...

HQAA, Mary Nicholas

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HQAA gets seal of approval in Arkansas

April 10, 2015HME News Staff

WATERLOO, Iowa - The Healthcare Quality Association on Accreditation has been approved as an accreditation organization by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Arkansas as of April 1, 2015. The recognition extends to the insurer's affiliated companies, USAble Corporation and Health Advantage. “Now HQAA customers can apply to be preferred providers and, if approved, their customer base can expand to serve Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arkansas patients,” stated Mary Nicholas, president/CEO of HQAA...

Accreditation, Arkansas, HQAA

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HQAA widens access to AMPT

March 25, 2013HME News Staff

WATERLOO, Iowa - Any provider can now take advantage of HQAA's accreditation maintenance program. The online program, which helps providers stay up-to-date with accreditation standards, was previously available only to HQAA customers. The Accreditation Maintenance Program Toolkit (AMPT) covers a topic per month, highlighting important areas to check and review. The program also enables staff members to track and share progress with company leadership.

Accreditation, AMPT, DMEPOS, HQAA


Accreditors share the pain

March 8, 2013Liz Beaulieu, Editor

YARMOUTH, Maine - The years 2009 through 2012 have also been a roller coaster ride for accreditation organizations.In 2009, when CMS started requiring that HME providers be accredited, these organizations saw new business in droves. But by the end of 2012, with Round 1 of competitive bidding in place for two years, they saw a number of providers exit the business and, therefore, no longer need their services, they say.“I think (all the accrediting organizations) lost customers,”...

Accreditation Organizations, BOC, CMS, Competitive Bidding, HQAA, The Compliance Team

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HQAA launches new accreditation program

February 25, 2013HME News Staff

WATERLOO, Iowa - HQAA has launched a new accreditation program designed specifically for providers of facility-based ventricular care units (FBVU), according to a press release. The accreditation is available for any facility-based ventilator care provider and is tied to the business entity providing the care, whether it's owned by the facility or an outside contractor. Like HQAA's other programs, this program is designed to meet the needs of industry professionals and satisfy standards established...

American Association for Respiratory Care, FBVU, HQAA

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In brief: Convaid gives back

October 24, 2012HME News Staff

TORRANCE, Calif. - Convaid has launched a community outreach program, it announced Oct. 2. As part of the program, Convaid will collect charitable donations and reach out to end-users without adequate insurance coverage, non-profits and schools with special education programs, according to a press release. “We recently got a big push to get this program up and running from our online community,” stated Convaid President Chris Braun. “They have shared their stories with us…about...

Convaid, Fastrack, Graham-Field, HQAA, McKesson, Medline, Otto Bock

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