Accreditation

Joint Commission Critical Access Hospital Accreditation program receives CMS recognition

Accreditation Connection, October 21, 2011

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have granted deeming authority to The Joint Commission to accredit critical access hospitals, effective November 21, 2011.

Critical access hospitals are defined as having no more than 25 acute care beds and an annual average length of stay per patient of 96 hours. Critical access hospitals are are usually more than 35 miles from another hospital, and receive cost-based reimbursement from Medicare.

"The Joint Commission is pleased to once again receive this recognition for its accreditation of critical access hospitals, which are vital to the health of Americans, especially residents of rural areas," Mark R. Chassin, MD, FACP, MPP, MPH, president, The Joint Commission, said in an official press release. "This public-private collaboration between CMS and The Joint Commission creates the necessary quality and safety oversight framework for these hospitals."

For more information on this announcement, visit The Joint Commission’s homepage.

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