AAAASF Approved as Accreditation Organization

Facilities seeking to furnish physical therapy and speech-language pathology services to Medicare and Medicaid patients in an outpatient setting have a new sheriff in town. The American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF) has been approved as a national accreditation organization (AO).The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published a final notice April 22 announcing its approval of the AAAASF as a national accreditation program for organizations that provide outpatient physical therapy and speech-language pathology services seeking to participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs.

Outpatient facilities, such as ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs), wanting to provide eligible Medicare or Medicaid patients with outpatient physical therapy and speech-language pathology covered services must meet certain requirements. First and foremost, the facility must be certified by a state survey agency. The facility is then subject to ongoing review by a state survey agency.

Alternatively, an organization can circumvent the ongoing state review requirement if it can demonstrate through accreditation by an approved AO that all national conditions are met or exceeded. Effective April 22, 2011 through April 22, 2015, the AAAASF is one such AO.

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