Out of an abundance of caution concerning the health and safety needs of staff, site reviewers and healthcare agencies who are responding to the evolving COVID-19 issue, The Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services Board of Directors has implemented a travel restriction for all staff and site reviewers. Effective immediately, all scheduled CAAS site visits will be postponed for the next 60 days. All accredited agencies that are impacted by this delay will automatically receive a 60-day extension to this accreditation cycle’s expiration date.
This temporary change will NOT impact existing submission deadlines. All accredited agencies with pending submission deadlines are to submit application and documentation materials as scheduled. Once the travel restrictions have been lifted, all reaccreditation on site reviews will be given top priority for scheduling based upon expiration date.
New applications will still be accepted by CAAS during this period. All new onsite reviews will be scheduled in the order they were submitted once all reaccrediting agencies have been scheduled.
CAAS will revisit this restriction every 30 days and will make any additional changes as necessary. It is our intent to resume normal operations as soon as safely possible, and agencies should be prepared to schedule the onsite review at any time. If you have any questions regarding this policy or how it may affect your agency’s submission schedule, please contact the CAAS office at 1-847-657-6828.
Thank you for your patience and understanding.
Sarah L. McEntee
Executive Director, CAAS