Oracle Billing and Services specialize in assisting drug and alcohol rehabilitation facilities become CARF accredited, which is required by insurance companies in order to render services, and more importantly get paid. CARF, or The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, is an international, non-profit organization founded in 1966 with the assistance of Mary E. Switzer, then the acting U.S. Social and Rehabilitation Services Commissioner.
What Is CARF Accreditation?
CARF accreditation was put in place to help establish consistent and high standard of care amongst rehabilitation facilities. Becoming an accredited CARF facility ensures the location meets and upholds the requirements and high standards of CARF. It also provides assurance to potential clients that the facility and its providers are committed to providing the highest quality of services, by meeting internationally recognized standards.
CARF provides accreditation services worldwide at the request of health and human service providers. CARF representatives travel to companies and both inspect and observe the practices of facilities, which provide services for patients with disabilities, alcohol/drug rehabilitation, retirement housing/living and many other services. Providers that are approved by CARF and meet its standards have demonstrated their commitment to being among the best available.
CARF adheres to strict guidelines and standards that all of its accredited locations must follow, which enables a strong universal standard of care amongst those part of the CARF network. Certain CARF standard manuals have been published in various areas, such as: behavioral health, aging services, child and youth services, business and services management networks, opioid treatment program, medical rehabilitation, employment and community services, and vision rehabilitation services. The CARF standards have been recognized as a roadmap for quality practices. Facilities that conform to the high CARF quality standards are able to better understand areas for improvement and implement suggested changes that build upon and expand the facility’s existing frameworks.
Getting Your Facility CARF Accredited
The CARF accreditation process typically takes a year or more of preparation prior to the site survey. In order to properly prepare for the accreditation process, CARF recommends the following steps:
- Obtain the relevant guidelines to the specific type of facility from a designated CARF resource specialist.
- Conduct a self-evaluation of the facility.
- Prepare the survey application, including location, detailed information about leadership, and the programs and services provided by the facility wishing to obtain accreditation.
- Submit the survey application.
- Pay the CARF invoices and survey fee (additional information below).
Following the submission of the survey application, CARF will select a team of experts to conduct the survey. After the survey team reviews all information and conducts a site visit, CARF will render the accreditation decision. CARF grants one of the following: provisional accreditation, one-year accreditation, three-year accreditation, or no accreditation. Each facility that is granted accreditation is required to submit an ACQR (Annual Conformance to Quality Report) in order to remain accredited.
While most providers in the healthcare industry spend the majority of the time focusing on patient care, the CARF application, inspection and evaluation can be very cumbersome and time-consuming. Oracle Billing and Services, Inc. is here as a viable solution, as we have extensive experience helping companies become CARF-Accredited. We are very familiar with the application process, and more importantly what the committee members look for on their site location visits.
Cost of CARF Accreditation
The cost of the CARF accreditation will include payment for the surveyors as well as the fixed fee. The fixed fee for any organization, regardless of its size is $995.00. The total cost for accreditation will depend on the how many surveyors are needed as well as the number of days needed to complete the on site survey. The cost per surveyor per day is $1,525.00.