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Accreditation for Medicare Certification

In all 50 states, The Joint Commission is recognized as a deeming authority for the accreditation of home health, hospice, durable medical equipment, and home infusion therapy providers by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), which allows us to help ensure Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements for our customers.

Organizations seeking Medicare approval may choose to be surveyed either by an accrediting body, such as The Joint Commission, or by state surveyors on behalf of CMS. As a result, organizations who choose to be accredited by The Joint Commission may not be required to undergo additional state surveys, ensuring streamlined and speedy CMS reimbursement.

Accreditation for Initial State Licensure

In addition to serving as a deeming authority for CMS, The Joint Commission is recognized in the following states as satisfying the requirements for obtaining your initial state license:

  • California (Home Health)
  • Florida (Home Health)
  • Missouri (Home Health and Hospice)
  • Ohio (Home Care*)

Our team of experts can help you find the fastest and most effective method to get started in the process; start your journey today!


*New licensure requirement O.R.C § 3740.01 for Home Care (skilled/medical and non-medical services)

Accreditation for State Licensure Renewals

Did you know that in many states, Joint Commission accreditation is accepted to meet some or all licensing renewal activities?

Our knowledgeable and dedicated experts are ready to help you navigate the process; click below to connect with the team.

Discount on Manchester Specialty Programs Inc. Liability Insurance

Recognized as the nation’s leading performance improvement organization, various liability insurers, such as Manchester Specialty Programs, Inc., offer discounts on coverage to Joint Commission accredited providers, where allowable by state law.

The Joint Commission and Manchester Specialty Programs have worked together to provide pricing benefits to eligible Joint Commission-accredited home care and hospice organizations. This valuable insurance premium savings helps to offset the cost of accreditation, which can translate into eligibility and pricing advantages, including schedule credits on workers’ compensation and professional liability insurance premiums.

Highmark Recognition for Joint Commission Accreditation

Recognized as the most comprehensive evaluation process, Joint Commission accreditation is often used as a condition for higher rates of reimbursement or increased network participation by many payors across the continuum of care. We are proud to announce that Joint Commission has been selected by Highmark as a criterion for credentialing and contracting for Home Care organizations in Delaware, New York, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.

Connect with a member of our team to learn more about this valuable recognition!

State & Payor Recognitions

Many states and large national payors increasingly use Joint Commission Home Care Accreditation to satisfy licensure requirements and as a quality metric to allow or enhance network participation, strengthen contract eligibility, or enable higher rates of reimbursement.

As a complementary part of your accreditation, our dedicated state and payor team works to build visibility and preference for your accreditation achievement. We actively search for any relevant regulatory, legislative, or payor opportunities where accreditation may be recognized, and then work to maximize the benefits available to our accredited organizations.

Click below to learn more about how we collaborate with states and third-party payors.