TALLAHASSEE, Fl. (WTXL) -- Big Bend Hospice received renewal from the Community Health Accreditation Partner or CHAP, earlier this week. CHAP is a nationally approved accrediting organization. They determine if organizations meet the Medicare conditions of participation as a certified Medicare provider.
The Big Bend Hospice has been licensed since 1983, providing health care, encouragement, and much more to people with a limited life expectancy. They say the accreditation from CHAP means they meet the highest national hospice care standards.
"They look at all of our policies and procedures", said Big Bend Hospice CEO Cathy Adkison, "They speak to staff. They go out on home visits and ride with staff. Having a deemed status for our accreditation is really important. It basically says we met all of the standards that medicare requires, met or exceeded."
The hospice serves Franklin, Gadsden, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, Madison, Taylor and Wakulla counties in Florida. They provide care based on medical need regardless of age, sex, race, religion, lifestyle or ability to pay.