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Accreditor's application for CMS deeming authority moves forward

Briefings on Accreditation and Quality, May 1, 2008

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DNV Healthcare’s bid to become the first new accreditation organization for hospitals in the United States in more than 40 years has taken another step forward: CMS has announced that DNV’s application for deeming authority has been accepted.

The company would join only two other organizations, The Joint Commission (formerly JCAHO) and the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program, as groups with deeming authority from CMS to accredit hospitals and other healthcare facilities. CMS began its formal review of DNV’s application on March 12. A 30-day public comment period, which was announced by the Federal Register, began in late April.

“We’ve begun the 210-day review process,” says Darrel Scott, vice president of regulatory affairs at DNV Healthcare. “CMS will look at all our documents, our survey process, conduct an office visit, and watch us survey hospitals. Hopefully, they will find that we meet their requirements.”

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