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State Recognition Details

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The Joint Commission actively monitors state legislative and regulatory activities for the purpose of identifying additional opportunities for state reliance on Joint Commission accreditation/certification.

The Joint Commission’s various accreditation/certification programs are recognized and relied on by many states in the states’ quality oversight activities. Recognition and reliance refers to the acceptance of, requirement for, or other reference to the use of Joint Commission accreditation, in whole or in part, by one or more governmental agencies in exercising regulatory authority. Recognition and reliance may include use of accreditation for licensing, certification or contracting purposes by various state agencies. 
 

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State: California
Program: Home Care
Agency: Board of Pharmacy
State Reference: Cal.Bus. & Prof.Code § 4127.1
Setting/Service: Pharmaceuticals – Compounding of Sterile Drug Products
Type of Recognition: Licensure

(a) A pharmacy shall not compound injectable sterile drug products in this state unless the pharmacy has obtained a license from the board pursuant to this section. The license shall be renewed annually and is not transferable.

(d) Pharmacies operated by entities that are licensed by either the board or the State Department of Health Services and that have current accreditation from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, or other private accreditation agencies approved by the board, are exempt from the requirement to obtain a license pursuant to this section.

(e) The reconstitution of a sterile powder shall not require a license pursuant to this section if both of the following are met:

(1) The sterile powder was obtained from a manufacturer.

(2) The drug is reconstituted for administration to patients by a health care professional licensed to administer drugs by injection pursuant to this division.


State: California
Program: Office-Based Surgery
Agency: Dental Board
State Reference: Section 1638.1 of the Business and Professions Code
Setting/Service: Elective Facial Cosmetic Surgery
Type of Recognition: Licensure

(f) A licensee may not perform any elective, facial cosmetic surgical procedure except at a general acute care hospital, a licensed outpatient surgical facility, or an outpatient surgical facility accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), the American Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC), the Medicare program, or an accreditation agency approved by the Medical Board of California pursuant to subdivision (g) of Section 1248.1 of the Health and Safety Code.


State: California
Program: Home Care
Agency: Department of Health
State Reference: Cal.Health & Safety Code § 1339.33
Setting/Service: Hospice
Type of Recognition: Licensure

Notwithstanding any other provisions of law, in order to be licensed as a special hospital: hospice, each project facility shall meet the requirements of Sections 70101 to 70137, inclusive, 70201 to 70219, inclusive, 70241 to 70279, inclusive, 70701 to 70707, inclusive, and 70708 to 70765, inclusive, of Title 22 of the California Code of Regulations; Sections 2-1001A to 2-1015A, inclusive, Section 2-1018A, Sections 2-1020A to 2-1024A, inclusive, Sections 2-1026A to 2-1028A, inclusive, Section 2-1040A, Section 2-1044A, and Section 2-1051A of Title 24 of the California Code of Regulations. In addition to complying with these regulations in Titles 22 and 24 of the California Code of Regulations, each facility shall meet, for the duration of the project, the hospice standards used by the Medicare program (42 C.F.R., Part 418, Sections 418.1 to 418.405, inclusive) the Medi-Cal program (subdivision (e) of Sections 51003 to 51543, inclusive, of Title 22, California Code of Regulations), and the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations' “Hospice Standards Manual.”

State: California
Program: Home Care
Agency: Department of Health
State Reference: Cal.Health & Safety Code § 1728.7
Setting/Service: Home Health Agencies
Type of Recognition: Licensure

(a) Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter, the state department shall issue a license to a home health agency that applies to the state department for a home health agency license and meets all of the following requirements:

(1) Is accredited as a home health agency by either the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) or the Community Health Accreditation Program (CHAP), and the accrediting organization forwards to the state department copies of all initial and subsequent survey and other accreditation reports or findings.

(2) Files an application with fees pursuant to this chapter.

(3) Meets any other additional licensure requirements of, or regulations adopted pursuant to, this chapter that the state department identifies, after consulting with either the JCAHO or the CHAP, as more stringent than the accreditation requirements of either JCAHO or CHAP.

(b) The state department may require a survey of an accredited home health agency to ensure the accreditation requirements are met. These surveys shall be conducted using a selective sample basis.

(c) The state department may require a survey of an accredited home health agency to investigate complaints against an accredited home health agency for substantial noncompliance, as determined by the state department, with these accreditation standards.

(d) Notwithstanding subdivisions (a), (b), and (c), the state department shall retain its full range of authority over accredited home health agencies to ensure the licensure and accreditation requirements are met. This authority shall include the entire scope of enforcement sanctions and options available for unaccredited home health agencies.


State: California
Program: Behavioral Health Care
Agency: Department of Mental Health
State Reference: Cal.Welf. & Inst.Code § 4080
Setting/Service: Private Psychiatric Facilities
Type of Recognition: Licensure

(3)(A) When a private facility is accredited by a nationally recognized commission that accredits health care facilities, the department shall review and may approve the program aspects only if the average per diem charges or costs of service provided in the facility do not exceed approximately 75 percent of the average per diem charges or costs of similar psychiatric service provided in a psychiatric or general hospital.

State: California
Program: Ambulatory Health Care
Agency: Department of Public Health
State Reference: Section 1228 of Health and Safety Code
Setting/Service: Health Facilities, Primary Clinics
Type of Recognition: Licensure

(a) Except as provided in subdivision (c), every clinic for which a license or special permit has been issued shall be periodically inspected. The frequency of inspections shall depend upon the type and complexity of the clinic or special service to be inspected. Inspections shall be conducted no less often than once every three years and as often as necessary to ensure the quality of care being provided.

(c) This section shall not apply to any of the following:

(1) A rural health clinic.
(2) A primary care clinic accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC), or any other accrediting organization recognized by the department.
(3) An ambulatory surgical center.
(4) An end stage renal disease facility.
(5) A comprehensive outpatient rehabilitation facility that is certified to participate either in the Medicare program under Title XVIII (42 U.S.C. Sec. 1395 et seq.) of the federal Social Security Act, or the Medicaid program under Title XIX (42 U.S.C. Sec. 1396 et seq.) of the federal Social Security Act, or both.


State: California
Program: Hospitals
Agency: Department of Public Health
State Reference: CA Health & Safety Code § 1282
Setting/Service: Hospital
Type of Recognition: Licensure

1282. Inspections by outside personnel; contracts; inspections by joint commission on accreditation; transmittal of report

(a) The state department shall have the authority to contract for outside personnel to perform inspections of health facilities as the need arises. The state department, when feasible, shall contract with nonprofit, professional organizations which have demonstrated the ability to carry out the provisions of this chapter. The organizations shall include, but not be limited to, the California Medical Association Committee on Medical Staff Surveys and participants in the Consolidated Hospital Survey Program.

Quality of care inspections have been performed in recent years by the California Medical Association Committee on Staff Surveys and other organizations which have combined their efforts in the Consolidated Hospital Survey Program. It is the intent of the Legislature that these organizations or comparable organizations shall continue to perform these inspections by contract when sufficient manpower is available from the organizations to do so, unless the state department demonstrates that the inspections fail to assure compliance with the quality of care standards set by this chapter.

(b) If, pursuant to this section, the state department contracts with the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals to perform all or any part of a quality of care inspection for a health facility specified in subdivision (a) of Section 1250, and if that health facility contracts with the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals to perform an accreditation inspection and survey at the same time as the quality of care inspection, the health facility shall transmit to the state department, within 30 days of receipt, a copy of the final accreditation report of the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Hospitals. However, if the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals conducts an accreditation inspection and survey at a health facility at a time other than the time at which, pursuant to this section, it participates in a quality of care inspection at that facility, then the health facility shall not be required to transmit a copy of the final accreditation report to the state department.


State: California
Program: Office-Based Surgery
Agency: Medical Board
State Reference: C.G.S.A. § 19a-691
Setting/Service: Outpatient Surgery Settings
Type of Recognition: Requirement for Anesthesia Use

California law prohibits physicians from performing some outpatient surgery, unless it is performed in a licensed or accredited setting. Section 2216 of the Business and Professions Code (B&P) reads: "On or after, July 1, 1996, no physician and surgeon shall perform procedures in an outpatient setting using anesthesia, except local anesthesia or peripheral nerve blocks, or both, complying with the community standard of practice, in doses that, when administered, have the probability of placing a patient at risk for loss of the patient's life-preserving protective reflexes, unless the setting is specified in Section 1248.1. Outpatient settings where anxiolytics and analgesics are administered are excluded when administered, in compliance with the community standard of practice, in doses that do not have the probability of placing the patient at risk for loss of the patient's life-preserving protective reflexes." (Accrediting organizations cited by the California Medical Board include: AAAASF, AAAHC, TJC and IMQ)

State: California
Program: Ambulatory Health Care
Agency: Medical Board
State Reference: Bus. & Prof.Code § 2216 and Health & Safety Code Section 1248.1.
Setting/Service: Outpatient settings using anesthesia
Type of Recognition: Criteria for Operation

On or after July 1, 1996, no physician and surgeon shall perform procedures in an outpatient setting using anesthesia, except local anesthesia or peripheral nerve blocks, or both, complying with the community standard of practice, in doses that, when administered, have the probability of placing a patient at risk for loss of the patient's life-preserving protective reflexes, unless the setting is specified in Section 1248.1.

§ 1248.1. Operation and maintenance of outpatient setting; restrictions, firm, partnership, or person shall operate, manage, conduct, or maintain an outpatient setting in this state, unless the setting is one of the following:

(a) An ambulatory surgical center that is certified to participate in the Medicare program under Title XVIII (42 U.S.C. Sec. 1395 et seq.) of the federal Social Security Act.

(b) Any clinic conducted, maintained, or operated by a federally recognized Indian tribe or tribal organization, as defined in Section 450 or 1601 of Title 25 of the United States Code, and located on land recognized as tribal land by the federal government.

(c) Any clinic directly conducted, maintained, or operated by the United States or by any of its departments, officers, or agencies.

(d) Any primary care clinic licensed under subdivision (a) and any surgical clinic licensed under subdivision (b) of Section 1204. (e) Any health facility licensed as a general acute care hospital under Chapter 2 (commencing with Section 1250).

(f) Any outpatient setting to the extent that it is used by a dentist or physician and surgeon in compliance with Article 2.7 (commencing with Section 1646) or Article 2.8 (commencing with Section 1647) of Chapter 4 of Division 2 of the Business and Professions Code.

(g) An outpatient setting accredited by an accreditation agency approved by the division pursuant to this chapter. (The Joint Commission has been approved by the Medical Board)

The Joint Commission maintains a listing of state agencies that recognize accreditation/certification. These lists have been compiled from a variety of sources and are intended to identify state regulatory agencies that recognize and/or rely on accreditation in lieu of specific state licensure or certification requirements. The Joint Commission makes no claims about the accuracy of this list and it should be considered a reference document. Joint Commission accredited organizations are strongly encouraged to inquire with their state regulatory agency for a full description of the recognition and any additional requirements the state agency may have.
 

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