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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: PROGRAM:


State: Florida
Program: Home Care
Agency: Agency for Healthcare Administration
State Reference: F.S.A. § 400.933
Setting/Service: Home Medical Equipment Providers
Type of Recognition: Licensure

(2) The agency shall accept, in lieu of its own periodic inspections for licensure, submission of the following:

(a) The survey or inspection of an accrediting organization, provided the accreditation of the licensed home medical equipment provider is not provisional and provided the licensed home medical equipment provider authorizes release of, and the agency receives the report of, the accrediting organization; or

(b) A copy of a valid medical oxygen retail establishment permit issued by the Department of Health, pursuant to chapter 499.

Note:  AHCA requires all sites to have onsite survey to accept accreditation in lieu of its own periodic inspections for licensure


State: Florida
Program: Home Care
Agency: Agency for Healthcare Administration
State Reference: F.S.A. § 400.471
Setting/Service: Home Health Agencies
Type of Recognition: Initial Licensure

(h) In the case of an application for initial licensure, documentation of accreditation, or an application for accreditation, from an accrediting organization that is recognized by the agency as having standards comparable to those required by this part and part II of chapter 408. Notwithstanding s. 408.806, an applicant that has applied for accreditation must provide proof of accreditation that is not conditional or provisional within 120 days after the date of the agency's receipt of the application for licensure or the application shall be withdrawn from further consideration. Such accreditation must be maintained by the home health agency to maintain licensure. The agency shall accept, in lieu of its own periodic licensure survey, the submission of the survey of an accrediting organization that is recognized by the agency if the accreditation of the licensed home health agency is not provisional and if the licensed home health agency authorizes releases of, and the agency receives the report of, the accrediting organization.


State: Florida
Program: Home Care
Agency: Agency for Healthcare Administration
State Reference: 59 FL ADC 59A-8.003
Setting/Service: Home Health Agencies
Type of Recognition: Licensure

(3) Surveys of Accredited Home Health Agencies:

(a) It is the responsibility of the home health agency to request exemption from state licensure surveys pursuant to Section 400.471(9), F.S., by submitting documentation of accreditation by an approved accrediting organization and the most recent survey from the accrediting organization to the AHCA Licensed Home Health Programs Unit.

(b) Home health agencies that complete paragraph (a) will not be subject to licensure surveys by AHCA except under the following circumstances:

1. The HHA has been denied accreditation or has received a provisional accreditation report from the accrediting organization on its most recent survey, or

2. The HHA has received full accreditation but has not authorized the release of the report to the AHCA, or has not ensured that AHCA has received the accrediting organization's report.

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.