FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 27, 2017
Contact: Kathryn Hitchcock
Community Health Accreditation Partner (CHAP) Announces President and CEO Departure
WASHINGTON D.C. — After more than three years leading Community Health Accreditation Partner (CHAP), CEO Karen Collishaw, has announced her resignation. The Board of Directors appreciate the contributions Karen has made to CHAP over her tenure and wish her the very best in her new endeavors.
The CHAP Board has appointed its current Chairwoman, Barbara McCann, to the position of Interim President and CEO, effective July 3, 2017. In addition to serving as a Board member since 2013, Barbara brings the unique career experience of serving as both a provider and an accreditor of home and community-based services. Barbara’s skills, expertise and integrity make her the perfect candidate to lead CHAP at this exciting time.
Barbara is leaving Interim HealthCare Inc., a leading home care, hospice and medical staffing company, to lead the CHAP team. Over her 19-year tenure, she served as the Chief Clinical Officer, Compliance Officer, and most recently, Chief Industry Officer, bringing daily focus to the real-life challenges of providers facing regulation, audits, and quality based payment. Prior to joining Interim HealthCare, Barbara’s broad experience included positions as the Executive Director of Health Plan Accreditation at the National Blue Cross/Blue Shield Association, and the VP of Quality at Caremark Inc. home infusion.
Barbara began her career as a medical social worker making home visits to home health and hospice patients. She is Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of California at Berkeley.
Barbara, the entire CHAP leadership team, and staff are excited to continue building upon CHAP's 52-year legacy of partnering with community based organizations across the country to define and advance the highest standards of patient care.
CHAP is an independent, nonprofit accrediting body for home and community-based health care organizations. Founded in 1965, CHAP was the first accreditation organization to recognize the need and value for accreditation in community-based care. As a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)–approved accrediting organization, CHAP has the regulatory authority to survey agencies providing home health, hospice, and home medical equipment services to determine if they meet the Medicare Conditions of Participation and DMEPOS Quality Standards. CHAP’s purpose is to define and advance the highest standards of community-based care. For more information about CHAP visit www.chapinc.org.
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