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Joint Commission accreditation approved by State of Iowa as meeting certification requirements for assisted living programs

Annual state certification process may be conducted through The Joint Commission Thursday, June 16, 2022

(OAKBROOK TERRACE, Illinois, June 16, 2022) – The Joint Commission today announced its Assisted Living Communities (ALC) Accreditation Program has been approved by the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals and recognized as meeting requirements for initial and renewal certification surveys for assisted living programs. 

Assisted living programs in Iowa may now conduct their annual state certification process through The Joint Commission’s accreditation program, which is awarded for a three-year period. The State of Iowa determined that The Joint Commission’s accreditation requirements for assisted living communities meet or exceed its state certification and recertification requirements. 

“We are pleased that Iowa has joined the growing list of states that recognize and accept The Joint Commission’s Assisted Living Community Accreditation Program as meeting state certification requirements,” says Gina Zimmermann, executive director, Nursing Care Center and Assisted Living Community Services, The Joint Commission. “We look forward to offering our accreditation program to Iowa assisted living providers – helping them provide a safe living environment for their residents.”

In addition to streamlining the path to state certification, Joint Commission accreditation offers ALCs:

  • Resident-focused standards to help establish a consistent approach to care. 
  • A collaborative and solutions-driven survey process that shares best practices and learning opportunities. 
  • Business intelligence dashboards to help identify trends in performance and to prioritize improvement efforts.
  • Support and educational resources. 

To learn more about the ALC Accreditation Program and to view the current list of ALC state/payor recognitions, please visit The Joint Commission website


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