The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said that as of Nov. 21 critical-access hospitals accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations will be considered to have met Medicare certification requirements to receive cost-based reimbursement. In granting the JCAHO deeming authority, the CMS said the organization's standards for critical-access hospitals meet or exceed those established by Medicare. More than 600 hospitals nationwide have critical-access status, which requires they have a patient census below 25. -- by Julie Piotrowski
CMS to accept JCAHO critical-access accreditation
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