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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: Georgia
Program: Behavioral Health Care
Agency: Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Disabilities
State Reference: Accreditation & Standards Compliance for providers of BH
Setting/Service: Mental health and addictive diseases - Medicaid
Type of Recognition: L/C Required

Per the Medicaid State Plan Amendment for Medicaid BH programs, accreditation is required for BH providers who participate in Medicaid BH programs. DBHDD also requires other BH providers to be accredited whether or not they are participating in Medicaid BH programs.

The provider is responsible for ensuring that all service types that the organization provides are properly accredited.

Approved Accrediting Bodies – The national accrediting organizations approved and recognized by DBHDD for BH services are the following:

• Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF)

• The Joint Commission (TJC)

• The Council on Quality and Leadership (CQL)

• Council on Accreditation of Services for Families and Children (COA)


State: Georgia
Program: Home Care
Agency: Department of Community Health
State Reference: 111-8-65.08
Setting/Service: Private Home Care Providers
Type of Recognition: L/C

111-8-65-.08 Inspections and Plans of Correction.

(1) Providers shall be inspected by the department periodically; provided, however, the department may exempt a provider from such periodic inspections if it is certified or accredited by a certification or accreditation entity recognized and approved by the department.

(a) A provider seeking exemption from on-site inspection shall be required to submit to the department documentation of certification or accreditation, including a copy of its most recent certification or accreditation report.


State: Georgia
Program: Behavioral Health Care
Agency: Department of Community Health
State Reference: GA ADC 111-2-2-.26 
Setting/Service: Psychiatric and/or Substance Abuse Inpatient Programs
Type of Recognition: Licensure

(f) An applicant for a new psychiatric and/or substance abuse inpatient program(s) shall demonstrate the intent to meet the standards of the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) applicable to the type of program to be offered within 12 months of offering the new program. Extended care programs may demonstrate their intent to meet the standards of the Council on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) or the Council on Accreditation (COA) in lieu of JCAHO.

(g) An applicant for an expanded psychiatric and/or substance abuse inpatient program(s) shall be accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) for the type of program which the applicant seeks to expand prior to application. The applicant must provide proof of such accreditation. Extended care programs may be accredited by the Council on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) or the Council on Accreditation (COA) in lieu of JCAHO.


State: Georgia
Program: Disease-Specific Care
Agency: Department of Community Health
State Reference: Ga. Code Ann., § 31-11-113  
Setting/Service: Comprehensive Stroke Center, Primary Stroke Center, Acute Stroke Ready
Type of Recognition: Licensure/Designation

(a) A hospital identified as a comprehensive or primary stroke center shall be certified as such by a national health care accreditation body recognized by the department. Any hospital wishing to receive official identification under this subsection shall submit a written application to the department, providing documentation of the hospital's valid certification as a comprehensive or primary stroke center byany such national health care accreditation body.

(b) Remote treatment stroke centers shall be certified and identified by the department either by certification as an acute stroke-ready hospital by a national health care accreditation body recognized by the department or through an application process to be determined by the department.


State: Georgia
Program: Home Care
Agency: Department of Community Health
State Reference: GA ADC 111-2-2-.32
Setting/Service: Home Health Agencies
Type of Recognition: Licensure

(i) An applicant for a new home health agency shall provide evidence of the intent to meet the appropriate accreditation requirements of the Joint Commission for Accreditation of Health Care Organizations (JCAHO), the Community Health Accreditation Program, Inc. (CHAP), and/or other appropriate accrediting agencies. (j) An applicant for an expanded home health agency shall provide documentation that they are fully accredited by the Joint Commission for Accreditation of Health Care Organizations (JCAHO), the Community Health Accreditation Program, Inc. (CHAP), and/or other appropriate accrediting agency.


State: Georgia
Program: Nursing Care Center
Agency: Department of Community Health
State Reference: Ga. Code Ann., § 31-7-1
Setting/Service: Nursing Home
Type of Recognition: Licensure

(4) “Institution” means:

(A) Any building, facility, or place in which are provided two or more beds and other facilities and services that are used for persons received for examination, diagnosis, treatment, surgery, maternity care, nursing care, or personal care for periods continuing for 24 hours or longer and which is classified by the department, as provided for in this chapter, as either a hospital, nursing home, or personal care home;

(b) The department may accept the certification or accreditation of an institution by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Hospitals, the American Osteopathy Association, or other accreditation body, in accordance with specific standards, as evidence of that institution's compliance with the substantially equivalent departmental requirements for issuance or renewal of a permit or provisional permit, provided that such certification or accreditation is established prior to the issuance or renewal of such permits. The department may not require an additional departmental inspection of any institution whose certification or accreditation has been accepted by the department, except to the extent that such specific standards are less rigorous or less comprehensive than departmental requirements. Nothing contained in this Code section shall prohibit departmental inspections for violations of such standards or requirements nor shall it prohibit the revocation of or refusal to issue or renew permits, as authorized by Code Section 31-7-4, or for violation of any other applicable law or regulation pursuant thereto.


State: Georgia
Program: Nursing Care Center
Agency: Department of Community Health
State Reference: GA ADC 111-2-2-.30
Setting/Service: New or Expanded Nursing Facilities
Type of Recognition: Licensure

(f) An applicant for a new or expanded nursing facility must provide evidence of the intent to meet all appropriate requirements regarding quality of care as follows:

6. In competing applications, favorable consideration will be given to an applicant that provides evidence of the ability to meet accreditation requirements of appropriate accreditation agencies within two years after the facility becomes operational.


State: Georgia
Program: Home Care
Agency: Department of Health
State Reference: GA ADC 290-5-38-.04
Setting/Service: Home Health Agencies
Type of Recognition: Licensure

These rules and regulations shall not apply to services which are provided under the following conditions:(a) Persons who provide personal or paraprofessional health services, either with or without compensation when there is no claim that the service is provided as a part of a licensed Home Health Agency; (b) Persons who provide professional services for which they are duly licensed under Georgia laws, when there is no claim that the service is provided as a part of a licensed Home Health Agency; (c) Services provided under the provisions of any other license issued by the State of Georgia when there is no claim that the service is provided as a part of a licensed or certified Home Health Agency; (d) Any Home Health Agency certified in a Federal program for reimbursement of Medicare or Medicaid services shall be exempt from an additional on-site licensure inspection upon presentation of evidence of such certification.

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

CLIA Certification

State: Georgia
Program: Ambulatory Health Care
Agency: Department of Human Resources
State Reference: Ga. Code Ann., § 31-7-3 
Setting/Service: Ambulatory Surgical Center
Type of Recognition: Licensure

b) The department may accept the certification or accreditation of an institution by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Hospitals, the American Osteopathy Association, or other accreditation body, in accordance with specific standards, as evidence of that institution's compliance with the substantially equivalent departmental requirements for issuance or renewal of a permit or provisional permit, provided that such certification or accreditation is established prior to the issuance or renewal of such permits. The department may not require an additional departmental inspection of any institution whose certification or accreditation has been accepted by the department, except to the extent that such specific standards are less rigorous or less comprehensive than departmental requirements.

State: Georgia
Program: Hospitals
Agency: Department of Human Resources
State Reference: GA ADC 290-9-7
Setting/Service: Hospital
Type of Recognition: Licensure

(e) Accreditation in Place of Periodic Inspection. The Department may accept the accreditation of a hospital by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), the American Osteopathy Association (AOA), or other approved accrediting body, in accordance with specific standards determined by the Department to be substantially equivalent to state standards, as representation that the hospital is or remains in compliance with these rules.

1. Hospitals accredited by an approved accrediting body shall present to the Department a copy of the full certification or accreditation report each time there is an inspection by the accreditation body and a copy of any reports related to the hospital's accreditation status within thirty (30) days of re-ceipt of the final report of the inspection.

2. Hospitals accredited by an approved accrediting body are excused from pe-riodic inspections. However, these hospitals may be subjected to random in-spections by the Department


State: Georgia
Program: Behavioral Health Care
Agency: Department of Human Resources
State Reference: 290-4-2-.06.
Setting/Service: Drug Abuse Treatment and Education Programs
Type of Recognition: Licensure

The department may issue a license to a program that provides proof of accreditation by an accreditation agency approved by the department, if the accreditation agency's requirements are substantially equivalent or more stringent than the requirements of these rules. The license may be issued without an on-site visit by the department, however, the department reserves the right to inspect accredited programs on a sample validation basis or whenever there is reason to believe that the requirements of these rules are not being met. Provided however, any denial, suspension, or revocation of such accreditation shall result in similar licensure actions, and the governing body shall be required to apply for a new license. For purpose of this rule, proof of accreditation shall require a copy of the program's most recent accreditation report together with any supplemental recommendations or reports. Such reports shall be submitted to the department whenever received by a program or whenever requested by the department.

 


State: Georgia
Program: Behavioral Health Care
Agency: Department of Social Services – Services for the Aging
State Reference: Ga. Code Ann., § 49-6-85
Setting/Service: Adult Day Care Centers
Type of Recognition: Licensure

An adult day center for which an application for a license has been submitted or to which a license has been issued shall be inspected by the department periodically and as determined necessary to monitor such center's compliance with applicable laws and regulations; provided, however, the department may exempt a center from inspection if such center has been certified or accredited by a certification or accreditation entity recognized and approved by the department if such entity uses standards that are substantially similar to those established by the department.  A center seeking exemption from inspection shall be required to submit to the department documentation of certification or accreditation, including a copy of its most recent certification or accreditation inspection report, which shall be maintained by the department as a public record.


State: Georgia
Program: Behavioral Health Care
Agency: GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF BEHAVIORAL HEALTH AND
State Reference: User’s Guide Adult Application– Specialty Services
Setting/Service: BEHAVIORAL HEALTH PROVIDER - ADULT SPECIALTY SERVICES
Type of Recognition: Medicaid

 

Consideration will only be given to providers who are currently and appropriately accredited by one of the approved accrediting agencies and have been providing behavioral health services for a minimum of one year.

The DBHDD accepts accreditation from the following agencies:

TJC – The Joint Commission
CARF – Commission on Rehabilitation of Rehabilitative Facilities
CQL – The Council on Quality and Leadership
COA – Council on Accreditation

Note:  A copy of the agency’s accreditation certificate and most recent accreditation survey report must be submitted with Medicaid application


State: Georgia
Program: Home Care
Agency: Georgia Medicaid
State Reference: DME Provider Manual
Setting/Service: Durable Medical Equipment Providers
Type of Recognition: Medicaid Requirement

Accreditation: The deadline for all DME Provides/Suppliers to become accredited has been extended to September 2009. Effective September 1, 2009:

A. Complex Custom Rehab Suppliers must be accredited through one of the following approved Accreditation Companies for the service of Complex Custom Assistive Technology:

  1. The Joint Commission (JCAHO)
  2. Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF)
  3. Community Health Accreditation Program (CHAP)
  4. Healthcare Quality Association on Accreditation (HQAA)
  5. Accreditation Commission for Healthcare (ACHC)

B. Complex Respiratory Providers must be accredited through one of the following approved Accreditation Companies:

  1. The Joint Commission (JCAHO)
  2. Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF)
  3. Community Health Accreditation Program (CHAP)
  4. Healthcare Quality Association on Accreditation (HQAA)
  5. Accreditation Commission for Healthcare (ACHC), or
  6. The Compliance Team

C. All other Durable Medical Equipment Providers (excluding Complex Custom Rehab Suppliers and Custom Respiratory) must be or be in the process of being accredited by one of the following Medicare approved Accreditation Companies: JCAHO, CARF, CHAP, HQAA, ACHC, BOC, the Compliance Team/ Exemplary Provider and NAPB


 

 
 

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.