Freeport Home Medical Equipment Awarded Joint Commision Home Care Accreditation

By: WIFR Newsroom
By: WIFR Newsroom

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FREEPORT (WIFR) -- Freeport Home Medical Equipment (FHME) has been awarded accreditation by The Joint Commission’s Home Care Accreditation Program and earned their coveted Gold Seal of Approval for health care quality and safety. Receiving this designation demonstrates that FHME is committed to providing the best care to their patients, staff, and the communities they serve.

“We earned our first accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Health Care, Inc. in 2007,” says Carolyn Sluiter, president of Freeport Home Medical Equipment, “before it was mandated by Medicare, and we have continued to maintain their credential. This term I elected to go through the Joint Commission’s survey process in order to gain their Gold Seal of Approval®, which is more widely recognized by the general public.”

To earn and maintain this accreditation, a home care organization must undergo and pass an on-site survey by a Joint Commission surveyor. The objective of the survey is to evaluate the organization and provide education and guidance that will help the staff continue to improve the home care organization’s performance. The survey process focuses on evaluating care processes by tracing patients through the care, treatment, and services they receive. In addition to these patient “tracers,” surveyors conduct systems tracers to analyze key operational systems that directly impact the quality and safety of patient care.

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