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2019 HACP Preparatory Course & National Examination

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About the Education Program

The HACP Examination Preparatory Course brings you the latest information on the CMS Conditions of Participation and deemed-status accreditation standards for acute care hospitals. Topics to be covered include:
  • Overview of the survey process, policies, and requirements
  • A systematic review of the Conditions of Participation for Acute Care Hospitals using the interpretive guidelines and CMS survey procedures
  • Hot button issues and how to comply with them
  • Key content areas of the HACP examination
  • How to be "survey ready" every day
Participants who take the preparatory course and then sit for the exam historically have a 98% pass rate!

Participants Will Receive

  • A complete syllabus of all course materials
  • The 2019 HACP Study Guide in PDF format
  • The HACP Applicant Handbook which contains detailed information about the certification and attendant policies in PDF format

Program Outline

HACP Examination Preparatory Course -
Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Registration 0800 - 0830
Welcome & Introductions
0830 - 0845
Overview of the CMS Survey & Certification Process 0845 - 1000
Break 1000 - 1015
CMS Conditions of Participation for Acute Care Hospitals 1015 - 1200
Lunch 1200 - 1300
CMS Conditions of Participation for Acute Care Hospitals 1300 - 1430
Break 1430 - 1445
Conditions of Participation for Acute Care Hospitals 1445 - 1630
Adjournment 1630
Woven throughout the education program will be a review of key content areas comprising the HACP examination!
2019 National HACP Examination -
Wednesday, September 25, 2019
Registration & Continental Breakfast 0800 - 0830
HACP Examination 0830 - 1200

Program Faculty

Richard Curtis RN, MS, HACP

Richard (Rick) Curtis is the Chief Executive Officer for CIHQ. Mr. Curtis is nationally recognized as an expert on standards and the CMS Certification & Survey Process. As CEO, Mr. Curtis successfully guided CIHQ in becoming the nation's 4th CMS approved deeming authority for acute care hospitals.
Mr. Curtis has been a regular speaker at numerous state and national conferences on the CMS survey process.
Mr. Curtis is nationally certified in healthcare accreditation, and serves as Chair of the Board of Examiners for the Healthcare Accreditation Certification Program (HACP). Mr. Curtis has a degree in Nursing with a Master's Degree in Health Services Administration.

Terms & Conditions

  • Space is limited and registrations will be accommodated on a first come / first serve basis. Deadline for registration is 09/01/2019
  • The HACP preparatory course and examination fee is non-refundable. If you do not take the exam on Wednesday, September 25, 2019 you will need to reapply
  • Early registration is strongly advised
  • Registration confirmation, the HACP study guide, and the HACP Applicant Handbook will be sent via email prior to the course and exam dates

Continuing Education Credit

This program has been approved for 6.0 continuing education hours by the Center for Improvement in Healthcare Quality.
Participants should check with their respective professional body to determine eligibility to use CEU towards licensure requirements
HACP is listed by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as meeting criteria for inclusion in a hospitals Demographic Data Collection Tool™ for Magnet Status.