The Joint Commission’s critical access hospital program receives CMS deeming authority

Accreditation Connection, July 20, 2009

The Joint Commission has again received deeming authority from the Department of Health and Human Services' Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for the accreditation of critical access hospitals, according to an official announcement by The Joint Commission. With this approval, any critical access hospital the Joint Commission has accredited may choose to be "deemed" as meeting Medicare and Medicaid certification requirements.

Critical access hospitals have no more than 25 acute care beds and the average length of stay lasts no more than 96 hours. While accreditation is completely voluntary, seeking deemed status through accreditation is an option.

"Critical access hospitals are an important safety net," said Mark Felletier, RN, MS, executive director, Accreditation and Certification Services, The Joint Commission. "The Joint Commission is pleased to collaborate with CMS to provide quality oversight for these important providers of rural health care."

The CMS notice of approval will be effective through November 21, 2011.

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