Islands Hospice has been awarded Community Health Accreditation Partner, Inc., Accreditation under the CHAP Hospice Standards of Excellence. By achieving CHAP Accrediation, Islands Hospice has also been deemed to meet the Medicare Conditions of Participation and is certified as a Medicare provider.
“By achieving CHAP Accreditation, Islands Hospice has shown a commitment to excellence,” said Karen Collishaw, CHAP President & CEO, in an Oct. 10 press release. “This is the sixth year Islands Hospice has achieved CHAP Accreditation, and we are excited to continue our partnership by offering support in its commitment to providing quality care and continuous improvement.”
CHAP Accreditation shows the community that Islands Hospice meets the industry’s highest nationally recognized standards. The rigorous evaluation by CHAP focuses on structure and function, quality of services and products, human and financial resources and long term viability; adherence to CHAP’s standards leads to better quality care for hospice patients.
Islands Hospice provides medical, psychosocial and spiritual support to individuals with life-limiting illness. These services can be provided in an individuals private home, a foster care home, an assisted living facility, a nursing home or in one of Islands Hospice’s dedicated hospice homes. Islands Hospice provides care to residents in all regions of Oahu and Maui.
“We are very proud of our continued CHAP Accreditation status,” said Michael Duick, MD, Islands Hospice CEO. “Our ongoing growth and success is due to our amazing staff, who provide the highest quality and most compassionate care to patients and families during what can be very difficult times. In particular, we are extremely pleased that we have increased access to this much needed healthcare service on Maui. By expanding our hospice program to serve Valley Isle residents and by opening Maui’s first dedicated Hospice Inpatient Unit, we have seen a rapid increase in access to end-of-life care in Maui county.”
CHAP is an independent, not-for-profit, accrediting body for community-based health care organizations. Created in 1965, CHAP was the first to recognize the need and value for accreditation in community-based care. CHAP is the oldest national, community-based accrediting body with more than 9,000 agencies currently accredited nationwide. 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 CHAP, please visit the CHAP website at Chapinc.org or contact Nathan Constable, Senior Manager, Communications and Industry Affairs, at 202-467-1716 or Nconstable@chapinc.org.
For more information about Islands Hospice, please visit the Islands Hospice website at Islandshospice.com or contact Michelle Bowerman, Director of Business Operations, at 808-550-2552 or Mbowerman@islandshospice.com.
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