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ACHC History

ACHC is the only national healthcare accrediting organization started at the grass-roots level by a few home care providers endeavoring to create a viable option of accreditation sensitive to the needs of small providers. The model was to “ensure a voice for providers." We have grown a lot since then, but continue to place importance on the provider, customer service and quality patient care.

Here are a few historical highlights along the way:

2010-2016
  • ACHC Partners with PCCA.
  • ACHC Hospice Accreditation receives continued recognition by CMS.
  • ACHC partners with DNV healthcare, Inc., to provide hospitals with a total accreditation solution.
  • Board approves accreditation standards for Home Sleep Testing.
  • ACHC moved headquarters to Cary, NC.
  • The Behavioral Health standards are launched.
  • ACHC celebrates 25 years of service.
  • ACHC wins Ovation Award for HR Excellence.
2005-2009
  • ACHC announces agreement with Option Care, Inc., the country’s largest home infusion company with 50 corporate and 55 franchise locations.
  • The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) approves ACHC for “Deeming Authority” for Home Health and DMEPOS companies.
  • ACHC receives 85 new applications for accreditation in one month and surpasses 1,000 accredited locations nationwide.
  • ACHC is selected to appear on Inc. Magazine’s “Inc. 5000” list of the nation’s fastest growing private companies in America.
  • ACHC elects to adopt the Malcolm Baldridge Criteria in its continued efforts to promote performance excellence.
  • Wal-Mart Inc., the nation’s largest employer chooses ACHC.
  • ACHC’s QMS is certified to ISO 9001:2008.
  • ACHC receives the commitment level 2 for Malcolm Baldrige standards from the North Carolina Awards for Excellence program.
  • The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) approves ACHC for deeming authority for Hospice, Home Health and DMEPOS companies.
  • Sleep Lab/Center standards are developed.
2000-2004
  • The Accreditation Commission for Home Care, Inc. accredits Priority Healthcare, a national specialty pharmacy.
  • The Accreditation Commission for Home Care, Inc. has accredited 178 sites in 22 states from coast to coast.
  • The name of the organization is changed to the Accreditation Commission for Health Care, Inc. (ACHC)
  • ACHC announces agreement with Coram Healthcare, one of the nation’s largest home infusion companies with 75 locations.
  • Respiratory Nebulizer Medications and Mail Order Medical Supply Services standards are developed.
  • Liberty Home Pharmacy, the largest medical home delivery company in the country agrees to be a beta test site for Respiratory Nebulizer Medications and Mail Order Medical Supply Services.
  • Walgreens Health Initiatives Home Care becomes ACHC accredited.
  • ACHC elects to become certified to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO 9001:2000)
  • ACHC’s Quality Management System (QMS) is certified to ISO 9001:2000.
  • ACHC has accredited companies in 45 states with patients being served in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and Guam.
1995-1999
  • The first Medicare certified home health agency is accredited.
  • Preparation for national expansion is initiated through recognition from the National Commission for Quality Assurance (NCQA).
  • Hospice standards are developed.
  • A press release is sent to national and state associations and publishers announcing that the Accreditation Commission for Home Care, Inc. would begin offering national accreditation services.
  • Standards are developed for Women’s Health Care Products and Services (Fitter Services)
  • The Accreditation Commission for Home Care, Inc. has surveyed in 17 states from coast to coast.
  • Specialty Pharmacy standards are developed.
1990-1994
  • Nursing standards for homecare aide organizations are developed.
  • The name of the organization is changed to the Accreditation Commission for Home Care, Inc.
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina announces that contract providers have one year to become accredited and names the Accreditation Commission for Home Care, Inc. as an accreditation option for home health and home infusion.
  • The Accreditation Commission for Home Care, Inc. board approves standards for home health, home infusion, and home medical equipment.
1985-1989
  • A few homecare aide organizations determine the need for a new accrediting program for the state of North Carolina.
  • The North Carolina Accreditation Commission for In-Home Aide Services (NCACIAS) is incorporated.

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