Home Health & Hospice

CMS Renews Home Care Accreditation Deeming Authority for The Joint Commission

Homecare Insider, May 12, 2014

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently renewed The Joint Commission’s deeming authority for the accreditation of homecare organizations. CMS granted this authority for a six-year period, effective through March 31, 2020.
 
Before renewing its deeming authority, CMS evaluated The Joint Commission’s standards for home health and found that they meet or exceed those established by CMS. This determination means that Joint Commission–accredited homecare organizations may request to be surveyed by the organization for compliance with CMS’ Medicare reimbursement requirements.
 
Organizations seeking Medicare approval may choose to be surveyed either by an accrediting body like The Joint Commission or by state surveyors on behalf of CMS. All deemed status surveys are unannounced.
 
The Joint Commission’s Home Care Accreditation program, which has been granted deeming authority since 1993, accredits more than 6,000 organizations.