Jul 09 2009

CMS Renews The Joint Commission’s Deeming Authority for Critical Access Hospitals

The Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has again granted The Joint Commission deeming authority for the accreditation of critical access hospitals.

The CMS designation means that critical access hospitals accredited by The Joint Commission may choose to be “deemed” as meeting Medicare and Medicaid certification requirements. While accreditation through The Joint Commission is voluntary, those who choose to be accredited are not required to undergo a CMS survey. CMS’s notice of approval is effective through November 21, 2011.