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CMS approves DNV to accredit hospitals

Accreditation Connection, September 26, 2008

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced Friday the approval of DNV Healthcare, Inc. as a deeming authority for U.S. hospitals. DNV is the first new organization to receive deeming authority for hospitals in more than 30 years.

According to the pre-federal register announcement, DNV was recognized “as a national accreditation program for hospitals seeking to participate in the Medicare or Medicaid programs” effective September 26, 2008 through September 26, 2012.

DNV has crafted a system intended to combine CMS Conditions of Participation (CoP) with ISO 9001 quality management. This program, called the National Integrated Accreditation for Healthcare Organizations or NIAHO(SM), was created to make the accreditation process more streamlined as well as identify means for improving current standards and promoting continual improvement.

Several U.S. hospitals have been accredited by DNV Healthcare using the NIAHO(SM) program in addition to other accreditation services.

In mid-2007, DNV Healthcare acquired Cincinnati-based TUV Healthcare Specialists with the belief that the acquisition would help cement DNV’s application to CMS. TUV had previously applied for deeming authority unsuccessfully in 2006. DNV Healthcare is a division of Houston-based DNV USA, a subsidiary of the Norwegian company Det Norske Veritas. DNV focuses on risk management and training in several industries, including healthcare.

To read DNV’s official press release, click here.

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