Accreditation

Validation surveys: Tips for maintaining readiness

Briefings on Accreditation and Quality, April 1, 2009

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Reports from the field indicate that validation surveys by state surveyors on behalf of CMS are happening with greater frequency this year. Validation surveys are unannounced surveys used to validate an organization’s accreditation process. These surveys are conducted on a representative sample basis or in response to substantial allegations of noncompliance. Unlike for-cause surveys, hospitals are selected randomly for validation surveys. It could be that CMS is requesting more validation surveys to be ready to review The Joint Commission’s soon-to-be-submitted applications for continued deeming authority.

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