Medicare Programs

Learn how to become accredited through one of our Medicare Programs

Medicare Programs

Medicare

Learn how to become accredited and maintain accreditation in our Medicare Surgical Program. Ambulatory Surgery Centers (ASCs) are facilities that participate in Medicare and Medicaid programs for reimbursement. ASCs, sometimes called surgicenters, specialize in providing surgery, including certain pain management and diagnostic (e.g., colonoscopy) services in an outpatient setting.

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Learn how to become accredited and maintain accreditation in our Medicare Outpatient Physical Therapy Program that assesses the quality of therapeutic care in physical therapy and speech pathology. These clinics also may offer occupational therapy.

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Learn how to become accredited and maintain accreditation in our Medicare Rural Heath Clinic Program. Clinics located in a census tract within a non-urban designation and in a medically underserved area, or an area with a designated health professional shortage may participate in this program.

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Health care facilities may receive payment from Medicare or Medicaid after becoming accredited in our CMS approved programs. We have demonstrated that our standards and processes meet or exceed Medicare and Medicaid certification standards.

AAAASF accreditation and certification programs are recognized and relied upon by CMS and many states for quality oversight. Various state and federal agencies refer to AAAASF accreditation and recommendations for licensing, certification or contracting purposes.

Which facilities may apply for AAAASF/Medicare accreditation?

Facilities already Medicare certified as well as those seeking initial Medicare certification may apply for AAAASF accreditation. Applicants must be licensed in the state in which they are located (if that state requires licensure) to be eligible.

Will the state still need to inspect a facility if it has earned AAAASF/Medicare accreditation?

In most cases, the state will not review a facility accredited through the AAAASF/Medicare survey but it does not preclude the state from conducting validation or complaint inspections. State licensure inspections are separate from Medicare surveys and are conducted according to state requirements. State licensure inspections may be inclusive of physical environment requirements that exceed any specified by CMS.