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

CLIA Certification

State: Iowa
Program: Nursing Care Center
Agency: Department of Inspections and Appeals: Health Facilities Div
State Reference: I.C.A. § 135C.2
Setting/Service: Nursing Facilities
Type of Recognition: Licensure

7. The rules adopted by the department regarding nursing facilities shall provide that a nursing facility may choose to be inspected either by the department or by the joint commission on accreditation of health care organizations. The rules regarding acceptance of inspection by the joint commission on accreditation of health care organizations shall include recognition, in lieu of inspection by the department, of comparable inspections and inspection findings of the joint commission on accreditation of health care organizations, if the department is provided with copies of all requested materials relating to the inspection process.

State: Iowa
Program: Home Care
Agency: Department of Public Health
State Reference: I.C.A. § 135J.2
Setting/Service: Hospice
Type of Recognition: Licensure

The hospice program shall meet the criteria pursuant to section 135J.3 before a license is issued. The department of inspections and appeals is responsible to provide the necessary personnel to inspect the hospice program, the home care and inpatient care provided and the hospital or facility used by the hospice to determine if the hospice complies with necessary standards before a license is issued. Hospices that are certified as Medicare hospice providers by the department of inspections and appeals or are accredited as hospices by the joint commission on the accreditation of health care organizations, shall be licensed without inspection by the department of inspections and appeals.

State: Iowa
Program: Behavioral Health Care
Agency: DIVISION OF MENTAL HEALTH AND DISABILITY SERVICES
State Reference: 225C.19A
Setting/Service: Crisis Stabilization Programs
Type of Recognition: L/C

The department shall accredit, certify, or apply standards of review to authorize the operation of crisis stabilization programs , including crisis stabilization programs operating in a psychiatric medical institution for children pursuant to chapter 135H that provide children with mental health, substance abuse, and co-occurring mental health and substance abuse services. ...  The department shall accept accreditation of a crisis stabilization program by a national accrediting organization in lieu of applying the rules adopted in accordance with this section to the program.

The department will draw up rules.


State: Iowa
Program: Behavioral Health Care
Agency: Human Services Department
State Reference: 441-77.37(16)
Setting/Service: Home- and community-based habilitation services - Supported Employment Providers
Type of Recognition: L/C

77.37(16) Supported employment providers.

a. The following agencies may provide supported employment services:

(1) An agency that is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities as an organizational employment service provider, a community employment service provider, or a provider of a similar service.

(2) An agency that is accredited by the Council on Accreditation for similar services.

(3) An agency that is accredited by the Joint Commission for similar services.

(4) An agency that is accredited by the Council on Quality and Leadership for similar services.

(5) An agency that is accredited by the International Center for Clubhouse Development.


State: Iowa
Program: Behavioral Health Care
Agency: Human Services Department
State Reference: 441—77.37(249A)
Setting/Service: Home- and community-based services intellectual disability waiver service providers. - Supported Employment providers
Type of Recognition: L/C

77.37(12) Period of certification

b. Recertification. After the initial certification, the level of certification shall be based on an on-site review unless the provider has been accredited for similar services by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), the Council on Quality and Leadership in Supports for People with Disabilities (The Council), or the Council on Accreditation of Services for Families and Children (COA).

77.37(16) Supported employment providers.

a. The following agencies may provide supported employment services:

(1) An agency that is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities as an organizational employment service provider, a community employment service provider, or a provider of a similar service.

(2) An agency that is accredited by the Council on Accreditation for similar services.

(3) An agency that is accredited by the Joint Commission for similar services.

(4) An agency that is accredited by the Council on Quality and Leadership for similar services.

(5) An agency that is accredited by the International Center for Clubhouse Development.


State: Iowa
Program: Behavioral Health Care
Agency: Human Services Department
State Reference: 441—77.39(249A)
Setting/Service: HCBS brain injury waiver service providers. - Supported Empoyment Providers
Type of Recognition: L/C

77.39(10) Period of certification.

b. Recertification. After the initial certification, the level of certification shall be based on an on-site review unless the provider has been accredited for similar services by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), the Council on Quality and Leadership in Supports for People with Disabilities (The Council), or the Council on Accreditation of Services for Families and Children (COA).

77.39(15) Supported employment providers.

a. The following agencies may provide supported employment services:

(1) An agency that is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities as an organizational employment service provider, a community employment service provider or a provider of a similar service.

(2) An agency that is accredited by the Council on Accreditation for similar services.

(3) An agency that is accredited by the Joint Commission for similar services.

(4) An agency that is accredited by the Council on Quality and Leadership for similar services.

(5) An agency that is accredited by the International Center for Clubhouse Development.


State: Iowa
Program: Behavioral Health Care
Agency: Human Services Department
State Reference: IA ADC 441-77.33(249A)
Setting/Service: Case Management Providers
Type of Recognition: Medicaid

77.33(21) Case management providers. A case management provider organization is eligible to participate in the Medicaid HCBS elderly waiver program if the organization meets the following standards:

a. The case management provider organization shall be an agency or individual that:

(1) Is accredited by the mental health, mental retardation, developmental disabilities, and brain injury commission as meeting the standards for case management services in 441--Chapter 24;

or

(2) Is accredited through the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) to provide case management;

or

(3) Is accredited through the Council on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) to provide case management;

or

(4) Is accredited through the Council on Quality and Leadership in Supports for People with Disabilities (The Council) to provide case management;

or

(5) Is approved by the department of elder affairs as meeting the standards for case management services in 321--Chapter 21;

or

(6) Is approved by the department of public health as meeting the standards for case management services in 641--Chapter 80.


State: Iowa
Program: Behavioral Health Care
Agency: Human Services Department
State Reference: IA ADC 441-78.31(249A)
Setting/Service: Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Treatment Programs
Type of Recognition: Insurance

78.31(4) Requirements for specific types of service.

a. Alcoholism and substance abuse.

(1) Approval by the joint commission or substance abuse commission. In addition to certification by the department, alcoholism and substance abuse programs must also be approved by either the joint commission on the accreditation of hospitals or the Iowa substance abuse commission.


State: Iowa
Program: Behavioral Health Care
Agency: Human Services Department
State Reference: IA ADC 441 -202.16
Setting/Service: Psychiatric Medical Institutions for Children
Type of Recognition: Licensure

202.16(1) Applicants for departmental approval of need shall submit the following to the division of child and family services:

a. A description of the population to be served, including age, sex, and types of disorders, and an estimate of the number of these youth in need of psychiatric care in the area of the state in which the applicant is located.

b. A statement of the number of beds requested and a description of the treatment program to be provided, the outcomes to be achieved and the techniques for measuring outcomes.

c. A proposed date of operation as a psychiatric medical institution for children.

d. A description of the applicant's experience with providing similar services to youth, especially the target population.

e. A description of the applicant's plan, including the timeline for achieving accreditation to provide psychiatric services from a federally recognized accrediting organization under the organization's standards for residential settings and licensure as a psychiatric medical institution for children, or a copy of the organization's report if already accredited.

f. References from the service area manager for the department service area in which the proposed psychiatric medical institution for children would be located, the chief juvenile court officer of the judicial district in which the proposed psychiatric medical institution for children would be located and the applicant's licensor from the department of inspections and appeals or department of public health.


State: Iowa
Program: Behavioral Health Care
Agency: Human Services Department
State Reference: IA ADC 441-77.25(249A)
Setting/Service: Day Habilitation Agencies, Home-Based Habilitation Agencies, and Supported Employment Habilitation
Type of Recognition: Licensure

77.25(6) Day habilitation.

The following providers may provide day habilitation:

i. An agency that is accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.

(1) The facility must have policies in place by June 30, 2007, consistent with the accreditation being sought.

(2) A facility that has not received accreditation within 12 months after application for accreditation is no longer a qualified provider. 77.25

(7) Home-based habilitation.

The following agencies may provide home-based habilitation services:

a. An agency that is certified by the department to provide supported community living services under:

(1) The home- and community-based services mental retardation waiver pursuant to rule 441-77.37(249A);

or

(2) The home- and community-based services brain injury waiver pursuant to rule 441-77.39(249A).

f. An agency that is accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.

77.25(9) Supported employment habilitation.

a. The following agencies may provide supported employment services:

(1) An agency that is certified by the department to provide supported employment services under:

     1. The home- and community-based services intellectual disability waiver pursuant to rule 441-   77.37(249A); or

     2. The home- and community-based services brain injury waiver pursuant to rule 441-77.39(249A).

(2) An agency that is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities as an organizational employment service provider or a community employment service provider.

(3) An agency that is accredited by the Council on Accreditation.

(4) An agency that is accredited by the Joint Commission.

(5) An agency that is accredited by the Council on Quality and Leadership.

(6) An agency that is accredited by the International Center for Clubhouse Development.


State: Iowa
Program: Critical Access Hospitals
Agency: Inspections and Appeals Department
State Reference: IA ADC 481-51.53(135B)
Setting/Service: Critical Access Hospitals
Type of Recognition: Licensure

Critical Access Hospitals shall meet the following conditions: 51.53(7)

The department shall recognize, in lieu of its own inspection, the comparable inspections and inspections findings of The Joint Commission (TJC) or the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) if the department is provided with copies of all requested materials relating to the inspections and the inspection process.


State: Iowa
Program: Hospitals
Agency: Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals
State Reference: IA ADC 481—51.2(135B) Classification, compliance and license.
Setting/Service: Hospital
Type of Recognition: Licensure

51.2(5) The department shall recognize, in lieu of its own licensure inspection, the comparable inspections and inspection findings of The Joint Commission (TJC), the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), DNV GL – Healthcare (DNV GL), or the Center for Improvement in Healthcare Quality (CIHQ) if the department is provided with copies of all requested materials relating to the inspection process. In cases of the initial licensure, the department may require its own inspection when needed in addition to comparable accreditations to allow the hospital to begin operations. The department may also initiate its own inspection when it is determined that the inspection findings of TJC, AOA, DNV GL, or CIHQ are insufficient to address concerns identified as possible licensure issues.

51.2(6) Hospitals not accredited by TJC, AOA, DNV GL, or CIHQ shall be inspected by the department utilizing the current Medicare conditions of participation found in Title XVIII of the federal Social Security Act and 42 CFR Part 482, Subparts A, B, C, D, and E, or 42 CFR Part 485, Subpart F. Licensed-only hospitals shall be inspected utilizing the requirements of this chapter. The department may promulgate additional standards. The department may recognize, in lieu of its own licensure inspection, the comparable inspection and inspection findings of a Medicare conditions of participation survey.


State: Iowa
Program: Ambulatory Health Care
Agency: Medicaid Department of Human Services
State Reference: IowaCare (11-W-00189/7)
Setting/Service: Primary Care Medical Home
Type of Recognition: Medicaid Reimbursement

Medical homes in the IowaCare Medical Home Pilot must:

The provider shall meet Medical Home standards. If the Iowa Department of Public Health adopts rules that provide statewide medical home standards or provide for a statewide medical home certification process, those rules shall apply to the Medical Home Provider and shall take precedence over the requirements in this paragraph.

At a minimum, the Medical Home Provider will:

a. Have National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Level 1 recognition/certification or equivalent within 18 months of start of this contract. Medical homes recognition/certification status shall be designated as such for purposes of payment.

i. Practices must complete NCQA PCMH Level 1 recognition (or the equivalent, as determined by the Department), transitioning to permanent recognition, as determined by the Medical Home Reform Committee.

NOTE:  The Joint Commission's PCMH certification option has been determined to be equivalent

 


State: Iowa
Program: Behavioral Health Care
Agency: Public Health Department
State Reference: IA ADC 641-162.19
Setting/Service: Gambling Treatment Programs
Type of Recognition: Licensure

162.19(4) The department shall exempt problem gambling treatment programs accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) from all the standards required pursuant to rule 641-162.20(135), except for the standards set forth in the following sub rules:

a. 162.20(6), Personnel;

b. 162.20(9), Client screening, admission and assessment;

and

c. 162.20(20), Financial counseling services.

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.