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Joint Commission critical access hospital program on probation

Accreditation Connection, October 24, 2008

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced in the October 24, 2008 Federal Register that The Joint Commission’s critical access hospital accreditation program will undergo a 180-day probationary period while gaps between the standards and CMS Conditions of Participation (CoP) are fixed.

According to the Federal Register, “review of The Joint Commission revised accreditation standards for hospitals revealed that significant gaps remain between The Joint Commission standards and the Medicare hospital CoPs.”

In addition, “if we determine that an AO [accreditation organization] has failed to adopt requirements comparable to CMS requirements, we may grant a conditional approval of the AO’s deeming authority for a period of up to 180 days to adopt comparable requirements.”

To view the October 24, 2008 Federal Register, click here.

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