CHAP surveys can stand “in lieu of” licensure surveys: State licensed facilities who are accredited by a nationally recognized organization may be eligible to waive the biennial State licensing survey during the current/upcoming licensing period. (7 AAC 12.925 Agencies must apply for waiver of biennial licensing surveys: State licensed facilities who are accredited by a nationally recognized organization may be eligible to waive the biennial State licensing survey during the current/upcoming licensing period.
“(a) An entity licensed under this chapter with a current accreditation from a nationally recognized organization with standards the department determines meet the intent of AS 47.32 and this chapter may submit a written request to the department for a waiver of a biennial inspection by the department under AS 47.32.060. The entity must submit a separate request for each licensing period during which the accrediting organization inspected the entity. The entity must include with the request a copy of the accrediting organization’s most recent report of inspection, and a plan of correction and proof of corrective action if applicable.
(b) The department will waive its biennial inspection under AS 47.32.060 during the licensing period in which the accrediting organization conducted an inspection if the entity passed that inspection or has corrected any deficiencies noted by the accrediting organization. The inspection waiver will be in effect for the remainder of that licensing period unless revoked under (c) of this section.
(c) Nothing in this section precludes the department from responding to a complaint received under AS 47.32.090, and from taking any necessary action under AS 47.32.130 or 47.32.140. If the entity fails to fulfill any plan of correction developed under AS 47.32.130 or 47.32.140, the waiver from inspection will be revoked.”