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THE ROLE OF THE ASSOCIATION OF HEALTH FACILITY SURVEY AGENCIES

TOM WORKMAN MS, CaSP, CHT-A, FAsMA  •  E: tom@uhms.org 

AHFSA: What is it?

I don’t know about you, but I had never heard of the Association of Health Facility Survey Agencies (AHFSA). Then I attended the 2016 Joint Commission Health Care Association Forum. 

AHFSA is a member of the JC forum. It is a not-for-profit organization that provides a forum for health care regulatory agency directors and managers to address common interests, concerns and health care program issues. The state licensing and certification agencies in all 50 states and the District of Columbia are members of the organization.

One of the primary responsibilities of association member agencies is to be responsible for improving the quality of services provided by health care facilities, agencies and programs by ensuring that they meet established standards.  Member agencies promote practices to improve the quality of care and quality of life by providing training and educational programs to providers and consumers of health care services. Important to know is that AFHSA members are the quality assurance arm of the Medicare-Medicaid and state regulatory programs.

Recently I had the opportunity to meet with Mrs. Laura Hudspeth, Vice President of AFHSA, to explore how our two organizations might work together more closely. Currently, their membership base is open only to regulatory agencies. However, I learned that they are actively considering how they might expand their scope to include non-regulatory and accrediting bodies.

Our meeting was timely in that Mrs. Hudspeth demonstrated keen interest in proposing to the other board members that the UHMS accreditation program appeared to be an excellent example of how their scope can be expanded. She also said she would inquire about whether our accreditation program could be considered as an example of Best Practice. If successful, this level of recognition would elevate the awareness of our program to Medicare-Medicaid regulatory bodies in all 50 states! Stay tuned!

New surveyor training 2 July 2017

On an unrelated note, training for new surveyors will be held on Sunday, July 2, 2017, immediately following the UHMS Annual Scientific Meeting. Physicians, nurses and technicians interested in becoming a surveyor, please contact me at tom@uhms.org or +210-404-1553.

Tom Workman is the Director of UHMS Quality Assurance and Regulatory Affairs.

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