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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. 


State: Alabama
Program: Home Care
Agency: Department of Public Health
State Reference: AL ADC 420-5-17-.09
Setting/Service: Hospice Contracted Services
Type of Recognition: Licensure

(2) When a provider of a hospice care program arranges for a hospital, a home providing nursing care, or home health agency to furnish a component or components of the hospice care program to its patient, the care shall be provided by a licensed, certified, or accredited hospital, inpatient hospice, home providing nursing care, or home health agency pursuant to a written contract under which:

(a) The provider of a hospice care program furnishes to the contractor a copy of the hospice patient's interdisciplinary plan of care which specifies the care that is to be furnished by the contractor.

(b) The regimen described in the established plan of care is continued while the hospice patient receives care from the contractor, subject to the patient's needs, and with approval of the coordinator of the interdisciplinary team.

(c) All care, treatment, and services furnished by the contractor are entered into the patient's medical record.

(d) The designated coordinator of the interdisciplinary team ensures conformance with the established plan of care.

(e) The contractor complies with the requirements of these rules.

(f) Those hospices not providing inpatient care shall encourage any hospital contracting for inpatient care to offer temporary limited privileges to the hospice patient's attending physician while the hospice patient is receiving inpatient care from the hospital.

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.