What you need to know: Updates & Resources
To support organizations during the public health emergency, AAAHC has created a Readiness Checklist. This checklist serves as a self-assessment tool, to prepare for survey and maintain compliance throughout the 1095 accreditation cycle.
Click on the version of this resource that is most applicable to your organization.
For organizations with an upcoming expiration date, you will be required to have submitted a completed application before your expiration date in order to prevent a lapse in accreditation.
AAAHC will contact your organization prior to the scheduled survey, for the following updates:
- Actual or potential exposure of staff and/or patients to COVID-19
- Confirmation of availability of PPE for surveyors
- If you have experienced any changes in your organization, please complete the change notification form. Changes including
- Impact of COVID-19 on operations, e.g., temporary closure
- Updates on organization profile and on changes to operations related to COVID-19, e.g., changed surgery days or hours of operation
AAAHC would like all organizations to continue to submit their Application for Survey including those impacted by COVID-19. Organizations with completed Applications on file will remain accredited until next accreditation decision is rendered. Once normal operations resume across the country, AAAHC will schedule surveys through a “catch-up” process.
As AAAHC continues survey activities, continuous readiness becomes ever more important. All organizations that have submitted a completed application for survey should conduct an internal mock survey to evaluate their readiness and implement an action plan to address any gaps.
Move forward with AAAHC guidance for reopening.
As states relax stay at home orders and allow elective procedures to resume and with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recently issued guidance on reopening health care facilities, organizations should strategically plan when and how best to reopen. These two webinars, one for primary care and one for surgical procedural facilities, offer guidance on governing body responsibilities and examines best practices for providing a healthy environment for providers, staff and patients, paired with implications for Standards compliance.
To view the recorded presentations and supporting documents, click the links below.
- Moving Forward: Quality Primary Care under COVID-19 webinar
- Moving Forward: Quality Primary Care under COVID-19 slide deck (pdf)
- Moving Forward: Quality Surgical Care under COVID-19 webinar
- Moving Forward: Quality Surgical Care under COVID-19 slide deck (pdf)
Explore requirements to convert your ASC to a Hospital.
To increase hospital bed capacity in response to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has taken a series of actions to increase flexibility and decrease the regulatory burden of health care providers in diagnosing and treating patients. The Presidential Emergency Declaration and Emergency rule allows surgery centers to contract with local health care systems to provide hospital services or enroll and bill as hospitals during the emergency declaration as long as this practice is consistent with their State’s Emergency Preparedness or Pandemic Plan.
The recorded webinar, Adapting to Serve: Exploring COVID-19 Hospital Status, and supporting resources may be accessed below.
- Adapting to Serve: Exploring COVID-19 Hospital Status webinar
- Adapting to Serve: Exploring COVID-19 Hospital Status webinar slide deck (pdf)
- Adapting to Serve: Exploring COVID-19 Hospital Status FAQs (pdf)
Refresh and deepen your knowledge on infection, prevention and control.
We also want to assure our 6,100+ clients and nearly 300 surveyors that AAAHC maintains a robust business continuity plan to ensure that we deliver exceptional 1095 Strong experience to clients during this time. To support your efforts to mitigate risk of spreading infection, AAAHC is offering a recorded webinar that provides an overview of CDC COVID-19 guidelines and how they relate to AAAHC Standards, with an emphasis on steps to identify, isolate and inform.
The recorded webinar, COVID-19 Risk Mitigation: Identify, Isolate and Inform, and other COVID-19 resources may be accessed below.
- COVID-19 Risk Mitigation: Identify, Isolate and Inform webinar
- COVID-19 Webinar slide deck (pdf)
- COVID-19 FAQs (pdf)
Align AAAHC Standards to ASCA Recommendations.
Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ambulatory Surgery Center Association (ASCA) recently released ten recommendations for Protecting Patients, Families and Staff During Necessary Surgeries. These ten recommendations provide sound guidance for infection control and prevention that align with your AAAHC Accreditation Standards. AAAHC has created a grid which crosswalks the Standards with the ten recommendations and will support your efforts in conducting a gap analysis.
To download the crosswalk, click here.
Review ACHA/AAAHC joint press release and crosswalk.
Recently, ACHA released recommendations to help student health centers limit the spread of infection throughout college campuses. AAAHC has published a complementary tool which crosswalks ACHA guidelines and AAAHC Standards to manage student health and wellness within the COVID-19 era.
Click below to download.
AAAHC Standards temporarily affected by the Propofol shortage.
To prevent the impact of the shortage, the FDA has indicated it will allow compounding pharmacies to repackage or combine propofol to meet the demand for these patients being treated with COVID-19. AAAHC has identified Standards impacted by this change.
To download detailed information, click here.
AAAHC Change Notification Form
For service scope changes including temporary closures, suspension and expansion of services directly associated with COVID-19, requirements for submission of the AAAHC Change Notification is waived until further notice.
For all facilities, if your primary contact changes during this time, email AAAHC at firstname.lastname@example.org. We want to make sure we can reach you.
To ensure the health and safety of our employees as well as the communities in which we work and live, effective Wednesday, March 18, 2020, AAAHC instituted an Employee Work from Home policy for our headquarters staff. We are committed to ensuring that this change continues to be as seamless as possible for you.
We will keep you apprised of changes to the current guidance and impacts to your accreditation.
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