Hospitals undergo process to change accrediting organizations

Accreditation Connection, November 20, 2008

CMS announced September 26 that it had granted deeming authority to Oslo, Norway–based Det Norske Veritas, Inc., (DNV) to accredit hospitals.

Several hours later, two facilities applied for accreditation through the newcomer. DNV, which acquired TUV Healthcare Specialists in Houston in April, went through the application process with CMS twice after developing its National Integrated Accreditation for Healthcare Organizations (NIAHO) survey.

Hays (KS) Medical Center has been accredited by The Joint Commission (formerly JCAHO) for more than 30 years, but will not maintain Joint Commission accreditation after the NIAHO process is complete.

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