The CMS has awarded continuing accrediting authority to the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program by the American Osteopathic Association.
CMS extends AOA program's deeming authority
The extended deeming authority allows the program to accredit hospitals through Sept. 25, 2013, according to a news release. The AOA program is one of three CMS-approved accrediting programs in the country, including the Joint Commission and DNV Healthcare. HFAP has expanded to provide accreditation for a range of facilities, including clinical laboratories and ambulatory surgery centers.
An organization with deeming authority can accredit hospitals to comply with Medicare's conditions of participation. Using one of the three organizations is a voluntary choice.
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