Hospice at Home Achieves National Accreditation Status
Community Health Accreditation Program, Inc. (CHAP) announced that Hospice at Home, a Lakeland HealthCare Affiliate, has been awarded a three-year accreditation for hospice services under the CHAP Standards of Excellence. This is the first time Hospice at Home has applied for the voluntary accreditation. CHAP accreditation demonstrates that Hospice at Home 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.
“This achievement required a great deal of teamwork by our entire team — physicians, clinical and administrative staff, as well as volunteers,” said Linda Beushausen, President and CEO of Hospice at Home. “Our community can be proud that their local non-profit hospice organization is now nationally recognized for excellence in quality care of our patients and their families.”
Created in 1965, CHAP is an independent, not-for-profit, accrediting body for more than 5,000 community-based healthcare organizations. Through “deeming authority” granted by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), 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.
For more information about the CHAP accreditation process, visit www.chapinc.org.
About Hospice at Home Hospice at Home, a Lakeland HealthCare Affiliate, provides quality care to people adjusting to living with a serious illness, as well as to people facing death, anticipating the death of a loved one, or healing their grief after the death of a loved one. Services are provided to patients and their families regardless of the patients' diagnosis, treatment choices, or ability to pay. Hospice at Home places an emphasis on the emotional, social, and spiritual needs of those who need care and those receiving support services in Berrien, Cass, Van Buren, and Allegan counties. Extending this care, Lory’s Place, a bereavement and education center that builds hope and strength for every grieving family, is available to anyone in southwest Michigan or northern Indiana.