Weighing accreditation options

Accreditation Connection, April 17, 2009

Bud Pate, REHS, is vice president of content and development at The -Greeley Company, a division of HCPro, Inc., in Marblehead, MA. Each month in BOJ, an expert from The Greeley Company will discuss a hot-button topic or challenging issue facing hospitals in the areas of accreditation, survey preparation, and more.

It has been a little more than six months since Det Norske Veritas (DNV) was awarded hospital deeming authority by CMS, and Greeley clients have been asking whether DNV is a realistic alternative to Joint Commission accreditation. Our answer: It depends.

CMS appears to approve of the DNV process since it awarded DNV deeming authority for four years, rather than the expected one or two years. At least a dozen hospitals have already been accredited by DNV (see ?Washington hospital switches to DNV accreditation? on p. 1), with another 100 or so in the queue, indicating respectable traction for the newcomer.

We have mixed results when we compare the NIAHO standards?as DNV?s accreditation program is formally called?with the Conditions of Participation (CoP) and Joint Commission requirements.

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