TUV Healthcare Specialists of Cincinnati has completed a first step in trying to compete with the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations in hospital accreditation.
Early this month, the CMS granted permission for TUV's application to become a healthcare deeming authority to proceed through the normal channels.
The company, an arm of TUV America--a subsidiary of TUV SUD Group of Munich, Germany--plans to offer accreditation under Medicare conditions of performance rules relying on a certification program in ISO 9000 quality-management techniques (Oct. 31, p. 17). TUV America already certifies companies in ISO standards for management and quality-improvement throughout the U.S. and the Americas.
Darrel Scott, senior vice president for regulatory and legal affairs at TUV Healthcare Specialists, said notice of the application is scheduled for publication in the Federal Register on Jan. 27, which will start a 30-day public-comment period. The CMS has until June 30 to make a decision on the application, Scott said.