Freeman Health Essentials earns highest mark of quality

Monday, July 02, 2012 - Freeman Health Essentials earns highest mark of quality

JOPLIN, Mo.—Freeman Health Essentials, a home medical equipment and service provider for the Four State area, has earned accreditation from the Healthcare Quality Association on Accreditation (HQAA). This honor is achieved only when a medical equipment provider demonstrates a high level of quality in all business operations and services. Freeman Health Essentials earned the three-year accreditation after completing a comprehensive review process that focused on meeting quality standards, as well as a commitment to quality operational practices and procedures in the areas of financial stability, human resource training, patient care, delivery services, billing practices, and maintenance of products and equipment.

Accreditation by HQAA assures Medicare and other health payers that Freeman Health Essentials maintains the highest levels of quality within all areas of business. 

“We are thrilled to receive this distinction from HQAA. This accreditation is another means to demonstrate that Freeman Health Essentials is committed to providing quality products in the safest and most efficient manner possible,” said Melinda Brown, Freeman Health Essentials Director.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services deemed HQAA an authority to accredit home medical equipment providers. HQAA’s interactive design is specifically aimed at the durable medical equipment industry, providing a targeted approach to accreditation and quality improvement.

Freeman Health Essentials, located at 1130 East 32nd Street in Joplin and at 336 South Jefferson Street in Neosho, offers home medical equipment, supplies, and services to help clients remain independent and in their own homes longer. Patients will find a full line of medical products for sale or rent, including wheelchairs, lift chairs, portable oxygen systems, scooters, and lifts and ramps, as well as wound care and ostomy supplies. All Freeman Health Essentials products are designed and chosen based on quality, ease of use, and benefit to the patient.

About Freeman Health System
Based in Joplin, Missouri, Freeman Health System is the area’s only locally owned, not-for-profit health system, serving southwest Missouri, southeast Kansas, northeast Oklahoma, and northwest Arkansas. Freeman provides comprehensive healthcare and behavioral health services, including cancer care, heart and vascular care, neurosciences, orthopaedics, and women’s services, with more than 300 physicians representing 60 specialties. For more information, visit or, or follow Freeman President and Chief Executive Officer Paula Baker at