Accreditation

Joint Commission and CIHQ respond to CMS conflict-of-interest concerns

Briefings on Accreditation and Quality, April 1, 2019

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A query by CMS officials questioning whether accrediting organizations (AO) that also offer consulting services face a conflict of interest drew an array of responses, including a vigorous defense by The Joint Commission (TJC).

TJC and the Center for Improvement in Healthcare Quality (CIHQ) were among the first hospital AOs to have responses posted online as part of the public request for information posted in the Federal Register in mid-December.

CMS asked the public to weigh in on whether AOs that also offer consulting services have or create a public perception of conflict of interest. The request was made ahead of potential new regulations, according to CMS.

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