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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. 
 

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State: District of Columbia
Program: Ambulatory Health Care
Agency: Department of Health
State Reference: 44-505. Inspections
Setting/Service: Ambulatory Surgical Center
Type of Recognition: Licensure

(b) After initial licensure the Mayor shall conduct an on-site inspection as a precondition to licensure renewal, except that the Mayor may accept accreditation by a private accrediting body, federal certification for participation in a health-insurance or medical assistance program, or federal qualification of a health maintenance organization as evidence of, and in lieu of inspecting for, compliance with any or all of the provisions of this subchapter and rules adopted pursuant to this subchapter that incorporate or are substantially similar to applicable standards or conditions of participation established by that body or the federal government. Acceptance of private accreditation by the Mayor shall be contingent on the facility's or agency's:

(1) Notifying the Mayor of all survey and resurvey dates no later than 5 days after it receives notice of these dates;
(2) Permitting authorized government officials to accompany the survey team; and
(3) Submitting to the Mayor a copy of the certificate of accreditation, all survey findings, recommendations, and reports, plans of correction, interim self-survey reports, notices of noncompliance, progress reports on correction of noncompliances, preliminary decisions to deny or limit accreditation, and all other similar documents relevant to the accreditation process, no later than 5 days after their receipt by the facility or agency or submission to the accrediting body.


State: District of Columbia
Program: Hospitals
Agency: Department of Health
State Reference: 22 DC ADC § 2000  
Setting/Service: Hospital
Type of Recognition: Licensure

2000.2 In the absence of requirements in this chapter or in other applicable regulations, the management and operation of each hospital shall be in accordance with applicable Medicare Certificate of Participation requirements, and in the absence of other standards, in accordance with the Joint Commission standards, if applicable, and good medical, nursing and public health practices.

State: District of Columbia
Program: Advanced Disease-Specific Care Certification
Agency: Department of Health
State Reference: D.C. ACT 20-469 (11/2014)
Setting/Service: Acute Stroke Ready Primary Stroke Center Comprehensive Stroke Center
Type of Recognition: L/C

Sec.  3.  ASRH,  PSC, and CSC; designation.
(a) A hospital  seeking  designation as an ASRH, a PSC, or a CSC shall apply to DOH for that designation in accordance with procedures established by DOH pursuant  to subsection (d) of this section.
(b) The DOH shall designate an applicant hospital as an ASRH, a PSC, or a CSC if:

(1) The applicant  hospital has been certified as an acute stroke ready hospital, a primary stroke center, or a comprehensive stroke center by a certifying entity; and
(2) The applicant  hospital  meets any other requirements established by DOH
pursuant to subsection (d) of this section.
 


State: District of Columbia
Program: Behavioral Health Care
Agency: Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking
State Reference: 26-A DC ADC § 1903
Setting/Service: Residential Treatment Facilities and Outpatient Facilities as Providers for Drug and Alcohol Abuse, Mental Illnesses or Any Combination Thereof
Type of Recognition: Insurance

1903.1 Pursuant to § 7 of the Act, D.C. Code § 35-2306, the Director shall certify each nonhospital residential facility and out-patient facility as a provider of treatment for drug abuse, alcohol abuse, mental illness, or any combination thereof. 1903.3 In order to be certified pursuant to this section, an applicant shall meet at least one of the following criteria:

(a) Possess current certification from the Joint Commission on Hospital Accreditation (JCHAO) for the treatment of drug abuse, alcohol abuse, or mental illness


State: District of Columbia
Program: Behavioral Health Care
Agency: Department of Public Welfare: Medicaid Program
State Reference: 29 DC ADC § 948
Setting/Service: Inpatient Psychiatric Services for Individuals Under the Age of 22
Type of Recognition: Medicaid

948.1 Inpatient psychiatric services for individuals under the age of twenty-two (22) may be provided by:

(a) A psychiatric hospital or an inpatient psychiatric program in a hospital accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations


State: District of Columbia
Program: Behavioral Health Care
Agency: Department of Public Welfare: Medicaid Program
State Reference: 29 DC ADC § 949 
Setting/Service: Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility
Type of Recognition: Medicaid

Psychiatric residential treatment facility- a psychiatric facility that is not a hospital and is accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, the Council on Accreditation of Services for Families and Children, or by any other accrediting organization with comparable standards that is recognized by the state in which it is located and provides inpatient psychiatric services for individuals under the age of twenty-two (22) and meets the requirements set forth in §§ 441.151 through 441.182 of Title 42 of the Code of Federal Regulations.

State: District of Columbia
Program: Home Care
Agency: Health Regulation and Licensing Administration
State Reference:   DC ST § 44-505
Setting/Service: Hospice and Home Care Organizations
Type of Recognition: Licensure

(b) After initial licensure the Mayor shall conduct an on-site inspection as a precondition to licensure renewal, except that the Mayor may accept accreditation by a private accrediting body, federal certification for participation in a health-insurance or medical assistance program, or federal qualification of a health maintenance organization as evidence of, and in lieu of inspecting for, compliance with any or all of the provisions of this subchapter and rules adopted pursuant to this subchapter that incorporate or are substantially similar to applicable standards or conditions of participation established by that body or the federal government. Acceptance of private accreditation by the Mayor shall be contingent on the facility's or agency's:

(1) Notifying the Mayor of all survey and resurvey dates no later than 5 days after it receives notice of these dates;

(2) Permitting authorized government officials to accompany the survey team; and

(3) Submitting to the Mayor a copy of the certificate of accreditation, all survey findings, recommendations, and reports, plans of correction, interim self-survey reports, notices of noncompliance, progress reports on correction of noncompliances, preliminary decisions to deny or limit accreditation, and all other similar documents relevant to the accreditation process, no later than 5 days after their receipt by the facility or agency or submission to the accrediting body.

(d)(1) If a facility or agency loses private accreditation or federal certification, it shall give the Mayor written notice of the loss within 5 calendar days. If in such a case accreditation or certification was accepted in lieu of an inspection under subsection (b) of this section, the Mayor shall immediately upon notification:

(A) Convert the facility's or agency's license to a provisional or restricted license under § 44-506 pending satisfactory completion of an inspection conducted by the Mayor; or

(B) Suspend the facility's or agency's license based upon a finding that loss of accreditation or certification was prompted by existing deficiencies that constitute an immediate or serious and continuing danger to the health, safety, or welfare of its patients/clients/residents


State: District of Columbia
Program: Behavioral Health Care
Agency: Mental Health Services
State Reference: DC ST § 44-901
Setting/Service: Community-Based Mental Health Programs, Inpatient and Outpatient Mental Health Care, Residential Treatment and Support Services
Type of Recognition: Licensure

(b) It is the intent of Congress that:

(1) The District of Columbia have in operation no later than October 1, 1991, an integrated coordinated mental health system in the District which provides:

(A) High quality, cost-effective, and community-based programs and facilities;

(B) A continuum of inpatient and outpatient mental health care, residential treatment, and support services through an appropriate balance of public and private resources;

and

(C) Assurances that patient rights and medical needs are protected;

(7) The District government establish and maintain accreditation and licensing standards for all services provided in District mental health facilities which assure quality care consistent with appropriate federal regulations and comparable with standards of the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals

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.