NEMTAC Announces National Accreditation Program for NEMT Providers

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The Accreditation Application Process is Now Open to NEMT Companies Nationwide

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Arizonar -- NEMTAC recently announced the successful completion of their accreditation pilot program and "grand opening" of the process to the entire NEMT industry. The program has been well received, with the first round of NEMT companies completing the application process and over 80 other companies expressing interest.

As a non-profit healthcare organization, Non Emergency Medical Transportation Accreditation Commission (NEMTAC) serves as the neutral, unifying resource for the NEMT industry and is working hard to ensure providers and operators are recognized as healthcare professionals. Designated by ANSI as the Accredited Standard Developer (ASD) for the industry, NEMTAC is the one place where providers, regulators, payers, brokers, and other vital stakeholders collaborate on several major initiatives.

NEMTAC's pilot program accredited exceptional NEMT companies in California, Georgia, and Alabama. Achieving national accreditation proudly announces to their community that they have worked hard to improve the delivery of medical transportation services.

The Benefits of NEMTAC Accreditation
  • Builds confidence and trust in the company.
  • Demonstrates competency to regulators and decision-makers.
  • Provides a competitive advantage.
  • Improves the quality of NEMT service delivered to the community.
  • Improves compliance and reduces the opportunity for fraud, waste, and abuse.
  • Accreditation leads to improved staff morale and higher quality performance.

Why Seek National Accreditation?

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NEMTAC accreditation improves business operations in numerous ways.  As noted, it sets the company far apart from its competitors. This means healthcare facilities, hospital systems, and insurance payers are more likely to choose an accredited company than their competition. Also, accredited companies generally attract a higher level of employee or independent contractor that want to work for the organization.

According to The Joint Commission, a prominent healthcare accrediting agency, the accomplishment can increase a providers' revenue by encouraging organizations to focus on process improvement leading to a decrease in expenses. The Joint Commission further contends that accreditation creates opportunities to work with a broad array of healthcare facilities and payers focused on high quality service delivery.  Without question, accreditation signals to healthcare leaders and those who contract for NEMT services that the organization adheres to high standards and exemplary service delivery.

Creating a Culture of Excellence

Gaining an accreditation from NEMTAC also demonstrates a commitment to reach beyond the minimum licensing standards and maintain strong management and continuous process improvement.

According to Kevin Teasdale, President of Secure Medical Transport in Kansas City, MO, "Accreditation is a bridge for providers into a new era of NEMT. For too long, medical transportation has operated in the shadows with little oversight. Promoting standards and establishing best practices will help NEMT providers understand what a safe and quality operation is supposed to look like. This process also encourages payors to recognize and reward companies that have chosen to implement national best practices."

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He further believes "the NEMT industry needs to evolve, and providers must be equipped with knowledge and industry expertise, which was previously hard to find. NEMTAC is playing such a crucial role in speeding up the evolution process and helping NEMT providers integrate into many Social Determinants of Health initiatives (SDOH)."

The Accreditation Journey Starts Today

The NEMTAC accreditation journey for providers begins with downloading and reviewing the NEMTAC Accreditation Standards Self-Assessment Tool. NEMTAC's comprehensive accreditation process often exceeds those established by state or local regulators and is designed to increase utilization, serve as a market differentiator, and decrease liability. The self-assessment tool helps organizations evaluate their operations and determine if they are ready to begin the accreditation process.

This is a big decision for company leadership to make, but the opportunities are unprecedented. There is no better way for a NEMT company to demonstrate to the passengers they serve, the families that care for them, the payers that pay them, and the entire healthcare industry that they are a professional healthcare organization. For a complete "step by step" overview of the accreditation process, please visit www.nemtac.org/accredit.

Contact
Michael Shabkie
***@nemtac.org


Source: NEMTAC Media
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