The CMS re-approved deeming authority to the Joint Commission's hospital accreditation program.
Joint Commission's hospital accreditation program retains deeming authority
The four-year approval allows the commission to accredit hospitals for meeting Medicare and Medicaid certification requirements through July 15, 2014. The Joint Commission said in a news release that it will have to reapply to continue its deeming authority beyond that date. The CMS already has approved for continuation the commission's accrediting programs for critical-access hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers, durable medical-equipment suppliers, home health, hospice and laboratories.
Previously the commission held deeming authority with the CMS without needing to re-apply, but that status changed under the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008.
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