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

CLIA Certification

State: Delaware
Program: Office-Based Surgery
Agency: Department of Health and Social Services
State Reference: § 122, Title 16
Setting/Service: Office-Based Surgery
Type of Recognition: L/C

Facilities other than hospitals performing invasive medical procedures requiring anesthesia must maintain accreditation.

State: Delaware
Program: Behavioral Health Care
Agency: Department of Health and Social Services
State Reference: 16 DE ADC 6001-3.0
Setting/Service: Substance Abuse Facilities
Type of Recognition: Licensure

“Deemed Status” means a licensure standing approved by DSMAH upon programs that have been accredited by an accreditation body approved by DSAMH. Programs that have been granted Deemed Status will be inspected in accordance with Section 4.3.2 of these standards.

State: Delaware
Program: Disease-Specific Care
Agency: Department of Health and Social Services
State Reference: 16 Del.C. § 1019 
Setting/Service: Primary Stroke Centers
Type of Recognition: Licensure/Designation

(a) The Secretary of Health and Social Services shall designate as a primary stroke center any hospital which has received a Certificate of Distinction for Primary Stroke Centers issued by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO).

(b) The Secretary shall suspend or revoke a hospital’s distinction as a primary stroke center if the JCAHO suspends or revoke’s a hospital’s Certificate of Distinction for Primary Stroke Center.

State: Delaware
Program: Hospitals
Agency: Department of Health and Social Services
State Reference: Title 16; 4000; 4007
Setting/Service: Hospital
Type of Recognition: Licensure

4.0 Governing Body, Organization and Staff 4.1 Under the authority of 16 Del.C. Ch. 10, as amended, the Department of Health and Social Services adopts as the official standards for the governing body, organization, and staff of hospitals the following parts of "Standards for Accreditation of Hospitals Plus Provisional Interpretations", published by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals, dated 1981 Edition, and the "Requirements and Interpretative Guide for Accredited Hospitals", by the American Osteopathic Hospital Association, and all codes or standards referred to under these adopted parts. If any part of this section is in conflict with Section 2.0 "New Construction. Additions, and Alterations" or Section 3.0 "Physical Environment", this part shall be void and the preceding Sections shall apply. When a hospital that is required to be licensed under these rules and regulations does not normally provide a particular service or department the parts of the following which relate to such service or department shall not be applicable.

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.