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The Joint Commission receives continued deeming recognition to accredit ambulatory surgery centers

Tuesday, December 08 2020

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(OAKBROOK TERRACE, Illinois, Dec. 8, 2020) – The Joint Commission has received continued deeming recognition from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to accredit ambulatory surgery centers seeking participation in Medicare or Medicaid programs. The deeming recognition is effective December 20, 2020 through December 20, 2024. 

By renewing the deeming recognition, CMS determined that The Joint Commission’s accreditation standards and survey process meet or exceed those established by CMS. Accreditation is voluntary and seeking deemed status through accreditation is an option. Organizations seeking deemed status may choose to be surveyed either by an accrediting organization or state surveyors on behalf of CMS. All deemed status surveys are unannounced.

“The continued deeming recognition from CMS will allow us to continue to work closely with ambulatory surgery centers across the nation to achieve and maintain accreditation to improve patient safety and quality of care,” says Pearl Darling, MBA, executive director, Ambulatory Care Accreditation Program, The Joint Commission. “Accreditation has been particularly valuable over the past several months as many ambulatory organizations have utilized our required infection prevention and control and emergency management plans to help prevent the transmission of COVID-19.”

The Joint Commission launched its Ambulatory Care Accreditation Program in 1975 and currently accredits more than 2,200 freestanding ambulatory care organizations. Joint Commission surveyors are experts in their field. Ambulatory care surveyors have at least five years of leadership experience in an ambulatory care organization, as well as advanced medical or clinical degrees. 

For more information on Joint Commission Ambulatory Surgery Center accreditation, click here.  


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Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission accredits and certifies more than 22,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. An independent, nonprofit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more about The Joint Commission at



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