Accreditation

Use JCAHO survey prep methods to meet CMS requirements, survive CMS survey

Briefings on Accreditation and Quality, September 1, 2005

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Learning objective: After reading this article, you will be able to

1. describe the difference between the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and JCAHO surveys

2. identify the necessary steps to take when a hospital receives a deficiency

3. explain methods to prepare for a CMS survey

Preparing for a JCAHO survey should help get your facility ready for a CMS inspection, but the format and length may be a little different from the familiar JCAHO assessments.

"The entire survey was like an old Joint Commission survey," says Judy Sikes, PhD, CPHQ, director of accreditation and medical staff services at Parkview Medical Center in Pueblo, CO. "It certainly wasn't built on tracer methodology."

Parkview underwent a full CMS survey in June, and the whole process spanned a little more than two weeks, compared to a few days for a JCAHO survey.

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