Private Duty Conference Spotlight: Education Session on Accreditation
December 11, 2015 12:02 PM
The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is holding the 2016 Private Duty Home Care Conference in Charleston, South Carolina, on February 1-2, 2016. NAHC Report is highlighting education sessions at the Private Duty Conference, including interviews with faculty and experts, as well as previews of the key takeaways that participants will gain.
The 2016 Private Duty Conference will include the education session, “Accreditation.” NAHC Report asked one of the faculty, Lucy Andrews, CEO of At Your Service Home Care in Northern California, to provide information about the key insights and value of the session.
“The private duty sector of home care is the fastest growing area of senior services, yet for years there has really been no agreed upon national standard for care and quality,” Andrews said. “To date there is no program for private duty agencies written and vetted by home care providers themselves specific to this sector of the industry.”
“This accreditation program offers agencies large and small the opportunity to set the standard in their own community of what quality and service looks like along with benchmarking across the country,” she said. “With a price point that any agency can afford, private duty providers can now be accredited at the national level.” In addition, she said, for the basic accreditation, agencies can do “the entire process remotely and online.”
Andrews said the session will benefit those who are interested in becoming accredited or those who want to know the national standards for private duty providers. “For cutting edge CEO's this is the opportunity to learn about the process and sign up for their accreditation. The course will walk participants though the application process, as well as identify what is needed to complete the application and how the process works from application to accreditation.”
Following is a course description for the education session:
Accreditation serves to protect consumers, communities and payers by ensuring safe, competent and accountable case from an organization that maintain a certain level of integrity. The accreditation process accomplishes this by setting organizational and service delivery standards and enabling agencies to measure and evaluate quality, opportunities for improvement , and how care delivery standards are met. This program introduces the accreditation program to providers and explains the process for improving care through the accreditation process. The session will provide participants with tools and methodologies that will assist each participant in understanding the accreditation process, the methodology to implement program and improve patient care.
Faculty: Brittnei Salerno, BS, Owner/CEO, La Jolla Nurses Homecare, La Jolla, CA; Lucy Andrews, RN, MS, CEO , At Your Home Services, Santa Rosa, CA; Pat Drea, BSN, MPA, Chief Operating Officer, Visiting Angels, Charlotte, NC
To register for the 2016 Private Duty Conference, click here.