CHCE Candidate Information

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is a professional trade association representing the interests of providers and consumers of in-home health and supportive services, including acute, long-term and terminal care. To meet the needs of its members and the consumer population, NAHC is committed to promoting quality leadership of home care and hospice organizations. In support of this mission, NAHC offers, through its affiliate, Home Care University (HCU), a comprehensive certification  program for credentialing  home care and hospice executives, designated by the initials, CHCE* (Certified Home Care & Hospice Executive).

Why is Credentialing Important?

Quality leadership by the home care or hospice executive is necessary to develop an effective framework to support the two organization’s mission and purpose. Credentialing home care and hospice executives is also important during this time of increased public scrutiny and rapid growth in the number of home care and hospice providers. Certification of home care and hospice executives provides the home care community with a mechanism to establish credentials, acknowledge experience and career involvement, and define a body of knowledge for individuals in leadership positions in home care and hospice organizations.

What Does Certification Mean?

Certification represents achievement of a gold standard of knowledge for the operation of a home care or hospice organization. It signifies that the individual has attained a defined level of education, experience and knowledge. Certified individuals may use the initials CHCE behind their names. CHCE is a trademark of NAHC and Home Care University.  Its use is strictly limited to those who successfully complete the application and testing process. Unauthorized users will be prosecuted.

What Are the Advantages of a Certification Program?

To the Home Care Community

  • Certification provides the opportunity to define the profession of home care and hospice executives by establishing and maintaining a uniform standard.
  • The certification program encourages continuing education and professional development of home care and hospice executives, which contributes to continuous improvement in home care leadership.

To the Consumer

  • The certification program facilitates the delivery of quality home care and hospice services through promoting standards for professionals who lead organizations that provide such services.
  • Certification is a symbol to the public that the individual has attained a defined level of education, experience, and knowledge.

To the Individual

  • Certification provides national recognition to home care and hospice executives who successfully meet the requirements for education, experience, knowledge, and professional conduct of the CHCE program.
  • Certification may provide enhanced career opportunities as employers recognize that certification represents professional commitment, motivation, and competency in a defined body of knowledge.

What are the Key Areas of Practice?

Home care and hospice executives set expectations, develop plans, manage, assess, improve, and maintain their organization’s activities. The areas of practice span finance, reimbursement, legal and regulatory issues, organization planning and management, human resources, quality and risk management, public relations and marketing, ethics, and information management. Home care and hospice executives use a comprehensive approach in the management and coordination of staff to provide efficient and effective home care and hospice services.

What are the Requirements to Become Certified?

  • Completed and signed application
  • Documentation of eligibility requirements
  • Attestation to adhere to NAHC Code of Ethics
  • Payment of application fees
  • Approval of the Application
  • Successful Completion of the Certification Exam

The purpose of the CHCE examination is to test the candidate’s knowledge in areas related to the job functions performed by home care and hospice executives. Candidates who meet the education and experience requirements must successfully complete the certification examination.

Who is Eligible to Take the Certification Exam?

The CHCE program and examination are intended for individuals in leadership positions in home care and hospice provider organizations and related* organizations.

Home care provider organizations include:

  • Home health care
  • Hospice
  • Support care
  • Personal care
  • Home infusion therapy

* Home care and hospice-related organizations include:

  • Home care/hospice consultant organizations
  • Home care/hospice regulatory organizations
  • Home care/hospice accreditation organizations
  • State home care associations

Note: Staffing agencies and durable medical equipment (DME) companies are not included.

Candidates must review the criteria in the handbook to determine whether they meet eligibility requirements. Eligibility requirements vary with the applicant’s education background. Once eligibility is determined, candidates will receive approval from Home Care University and may proceed with test registration as outlined in Section II of this Handbook.

To determine eligibility:

  • Managers and executives in provider organizations should use Chart I (below).
  • Managers, executives, and surveyors in related organizations should use Chart II (below).
EDUCATION YEARS EXPERIENCE  IN HOME CARE/ HOSPICE PROVIDER ORGANIZATION EXECUTIVE LEVEL EXPERIENCE  HOME CARE/HOSPICE MANAGEMENT LEVEL EXPERIENCE  HOME CARE/HOSPICE
Master’s  Degree Three years 12 consecutive months full time within the last 3 years 24 consecutive months full time
Bachelor’s Degree Four years 18 consecutive months full time within the last 3 years 30 consecutive months full time within the last 4 years
Associate Degree  or professional licensure in a health-related field Five years 24 consecutive months full time within the last 3 years 36 consecutive months full time within the last 4 years
*The executive or management position in home care or hospice must have included a majority of the activities and responsibilities in the areas listed in the content outline in this Candidate Information Handbook. Full time means FTE 1800 work hours equals one year.

 

EDUCATION *PAST  EXECUTIVE OR SENIOR MANAGEMENT EXPERIENCE  IN
PROVIDER  ORGANIZATION
**LEADERSHIP EXPERIENCE  IN HOME CARE/HOSPICE RELATED ORGANIZATION   
Master’s Degree 36 consecutive months full time equivalent within the last 6 years 36 months (†full time equivalent) within the last 4 years
Bachelor’s Degree 48 consecutive months full time equivalent within the last 8 years 48 months (†full time equivalent) within the last 5 years
Associate Degree or professional licensure in a health-related field 60 consecutive months full time equivalent within the last 10 years 60 months (†full time equivalent) within the last 6 years
*Executive or Senior Management level experience must have included a majority of the activities and responsibilities in the areas listed in the content outline in this Candidate Information Handbook. **May be fulfilled by home care experience to the extent the experience falls within the allowable time frame. †Full time means FTE 1800 work hours equals one year.