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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. 
 

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State: Arizona
Program: Behavioral Health Care
Agency: Arizona Health Care Cost Containment Administration
State Reference: AZ ADC R9-22-1205
Setting/Service: Residential Treatment Center Services
Type of Recognition: Insurance

B. Level 1 residential treatment center services. Services provided in a Level 1 residential treatment center as defined in A.A.C. R9-20-101 are covered subject to the limitations and exclusions under this Article.

1. Level 1 residential treatment center services are not covered unless provided under the direction of a licensed physician in a licensed Level 1 residential treatment center accredited by an AHCCCS-approved accrediting body as specified in contract


State: Arizona
Program: Hospitals
Agency: Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System Administration
State Reference: AZ ADC R9-22-505  
Setting/Service: Hospital
Type of Recognition: Licensure

An Indian Health Service (IHS) hospital and a Veterans Administration hospital shall not provide services to a member unless accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.

State: Arizona
Program: Laboratory
Agency: Department of Health
State Reference:
Setting/Service: Laboratory
Type of Recognition: Licensure

CLIA Certification

State: Arizona
Program: Ambulatory Health Care
Agency: Department of Health Services
State Reference: R9-10-107
Setting/Service: Ambulatory Surgical Center
Type of Recognition: Licensure

If a licensee submits a health care institution’s current accreditation report from a nationally recognized accrediting organization, the Department shall not conduct an onsite inspection of the health care institution as part of the substantive review for a renewal license.


State: Arizona
Program: Hospitals
Agency: Department of Health Services
State Reference: A.R.S. § 36-424 
Setting/Service: Hospital
Type of Recognition: Licensure

The director shall accept proof that a health care institution is an accredited hospital or is an accredited health care institution in lieu of all compliance inspections required by this chapter if the director receives a copy of the institution's accreditation report for the licensure period. If the health care institution's accreditation report is not valid for the entire licensure period, the department may conduct a compliance inspection of the health care institution during the time period the department does not have a valid accreditation report for the health care institution.

State: Arizona
Program: Behavioral Health Care
Agency: Department of Health Services
State Reference: AZ ADC R9-33-103
Setting/Service: Group Homes for the Developmentally Disabled
Type of Recognition: Licensure

A. At least 30 days before the anticipated date of opening a group home, an applicant shall submit to the Department a completed application packet that contains:

2. A copy of the applicant's accreditation report issued by a nationally recognized accreditation organization, if applicable.

3. The substantive review time-frame described in A.R.S. § 41-1072(3) is 60 days and begins on the date the Department provides written notice of administrative completeness to the applicant; e. If an applicant meets the requirements of this Section and Chapter, the Department shall issue to the applicant:

i. A two-year regular license to operate a group home;

or

ii. If the applicant is accredited, a regular license to operate a group home for the duration of the accreditation period, not to exceed three years;


State: Arizona
Program: Behavioral Health Care
Agency: Department of Health Services
State Reference: AZ ADC R9-20-103 AZ ADC R9-20-104
Setting/Service: Behavioral Health Services Agencies
Type of Recognition: Licensure

A. According to A.R.S. § 36-422, a person applying for an initial license to operate an agency shall submit:

o. Whether the agency is accredited by a nationally recognized accreditation organization, and if so:

i. The name of nationally recognized accreditation organization that accredited the agency;

ii. If accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations, whether the agency was accredited under the inpatient standards or community behavioral health standards;

iii. If the applicant is submitting an accreditation report in lieu of all licensing inspections conducted by the Department, a copy of the accreditation report;

iv. The dates of the accreditation period;

and

v. If an agency is seeking licensure as a Level 1 RTC or a Level 1 sub-acute agency and the agency is also seeking Title XIX certification, whether the agency is accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations, the Council on Accreditation for Children and Family Service, or the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities

B. Unless the licensee submits a copy of the agency's accreditation report from a nationally recognized accreditation organization, the Department shall conduct an onsite inspection of the agency to determine if the licensee and the agency are in substantial compliance with the applicable statutes and this Chapter.


State: Arizona
Program: Disease-Specific Care
Agency: Department of Health Services, Emergency Medical Services
State Reference: R9-25-601,ff
Setting/Service: Primary Stroke Center
Type of Recognition: Certification

1. “Acute stroke-ready hospital” means a hospital that is certified by a national stroke center certification organization as meeting national stroke care standards for the initial assessment, diagnosis, stabilization, and either: a. Transfer of a stroke patient to a primary stroke center or comprehensive stroke center, or b. Care of a stroke patient with input from the staff of a primary stroke center or comprehensive stroke center.

2. “Comprehensive stroke center” means a hospital that is certified by a national stroke center certification organization as meeting national stroke care standards for the assessment, diagnosis using advanced imaging devices, and treatment of stroke patients with complex cases of ischemic stroke, caused by the loss of the blood supply to a part of the brain, or hemorrhagic stroke, caused by bleeding into a part of the brain.


7. “National stroke center certification organization” means an entity:

a. Such as:

i. The Joint Commission;

ii. The Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program;

iii. Det Norske Veritas Healthcare, Inc.; or

iv. The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association;

     b. That assesses the compliance of a hospital with
        national stroke care standards; and
     c. That documents hospitals that meet national stroke
         care standards.
8. “Primary stroke center” means a hospital that is certified by a national stroke center certification organization as meeting national stroke care standards for the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of stroke patients.

d. Location of emergency receiving facilities that:

i. Are:

(1) Acute stroke-ready hospitals,

(2) Primary stroke centers, or

(3) Comprehensive stroke centers; and

ii. Participate in quality improvement activities, including the submission of data on stroke care provided by the emergency receiving facility that may be compiled on a statewide basis;

 


State: Arizona
Program: Critical Access Hospitals
Agency: Department of Public Health and Safety
State Reference: A.R.S. § 36-424
Setting/Service: Hospitals and Health Care Institutions
Type of Recognition: Licensure

C. The director shall accept proof that a health care institution is an accredited hospital or is an accredited health care institution in lieu of all compliance inspections required by this chapter if the director receives a copy of the institution's accreditation report for the licensure period. If the health care institution's accreditation report is not valid for the entire licensure period, the department may conduct a compliance inspection of the health care institution during the time period the department does not have a valid accreditation report for the health care institution.

State: Arizona
Program: Home Care
Agency: Department of Public Health and Safety
State Reference: A.R.S. § 36-424
Setting/Service: Healthcare Institutions
Type of Recognition: Licensure

C. The director shall accept proof that a health care institution is an accredited hospital or is an accredited health care institution in lieu of all compliance inspections required by this chapter if the director receives a copy of the institution's accreditation report for the licensure period. If the health care institution's accreditation report is not valid for the entire licensure period, the department may conduct a compliance inspection of the health care institution during the time period the department does not have a valid accreditation report for the health care institution.

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.