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CMS grants continued deeming authority to The Joint Commission

Hospital Safety Insider, December 2, 2009

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Last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) granted deeming authority to The Joint Commission to inspect hospitals on behalf of the Medicare program. The deemed status lasts through July 15, 2014.
 
For years, The Joint Commission had automatic deemed status to survey hospitals on behalf of CMS, but in 2008 CMS required the accreditor to reapply for this status. As a result, the commission needed to update some of its requirements to more closely align with the Medicare Conditions of Participation.
 
For safety officers and facility directors, the only added change came under LS.01.01.01, which includes an new requirement to maintain records of inspections and approvals by local and state fire authorities—a step most hospitals probably already take.
 
“The Joint Commission is proud of its tradition of collaboration with CMS to provide quality oversight of hospitals,” Mark Pelletier, RN, MS, executive director of Joint Commission accreditation and certification services, said in a statement.
 



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