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HFAP: Problems continue with physical environment, IC, quality

CMS has signaled that accrediting organizations (AO) like HFAP can resume even more surveys in areas where the COVID-19 patient surge is slowing. But what will HFAP surveyors be looking for?

In late August, the oldest of the accrediting organizations released its 2020 HFAP Quality Review, highlighting the problems and trends identified by surveyors during on-site visits in 2019 at acute care hospitals, critical access hospitals, laboratories, and ambulatory surgery centers.

“The Quality Review plays a vital role in our commitment to help continuously improve the quality of care that HFAP-accredited organizations provide,” said Meg Gravesmill, CEO of AAHHS/HFAP, in a statement announcing the release of the review. “This can be used as a self-assessment guide and should be reviewed by organizations as they evaluate their yearly performance. In light of the global pandemic, it is especially important for organizations to heighten awareness of infection prevention and emergency management standards.”

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