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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: New Hampshire
Program: Ambulatory Health Care
Agency: Bureau of Health Facilities Administration
State Reference: N.H. Rev. Stat. § 151:5-b
Setting/Service: Health Facilities
Type of Recognition: Licensure

Any facility certified under Title XVIII or XIX of the Social Security Act, as amended, shall submit a completed license application, or license renewal form, together with the appropriate fee. Such facility or agency shall be deemed licensed under this chapter and shall be exempt from inspections carried out under RSA 151:6-a.

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

CLIA Certification

State: New Hampshire
Program: Critical Access Hospitals
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
State Reference: N.H. Rev. Stat. § 151:6-a and N.H. Rev. Stat. § 151:5-
Setting/Service: All Health Facilities
Type of Recognition: Licensure

151:6-a Annual Inspection. This section shall not apply to facilities or entities that have deemed status under RSA 151:5-b. Any facility or home health agency certified under Title XVIII or XIX of the Social Security Act, as amended, shall submit a completed license application, or license renewal form, together with the appropriate fee. Such facility or agency shall be deemed licensed under this chapter and shall be exempt from inspections carried out under RSA 151:6-a. This section shall only apply to the activities or portions of the facility or agency certified under Title XVIII or XIX of the Social Security Act, as amended.

State: New Hampshire
Program: Hospitals
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
State Reference: N.H. Rev. Stat. § 151:6-a
Setting/Service: Hospital
Type of Recognition: Licensure

The department of health and human services shall make at least one annual unannounced inspection of every facility licensed under this chapter, unless exempted by rules as authorized by RSA 151:9, I(b)… This section shall not apply to acute care general hospitals and critical access hospitals when the department and the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations have agreed on joint inspection standards.

State: New Hampshire
Program: Behavioral Health Care
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
State Reference: N.H. Rev. Stat. § 318-B:10 
Setting/Service: Methadone Detoxification
Type of Recognition: Licensure

VII. (a) The department of health and human services is hereby declared to be the state methadone authority.

(b) The commissioner of the department of health and human services shall adopt and have in effect rules, pursuant to RSA 541-A, relative to methadone detoxification and maintenance programs as follows:

(1) Application procedure and standards for approval for certification and re-certification of providers to operate methadone detoxification and maintenance programs, including certification period, for each type of certification. The department shall utilize accreditation reports obtained from national accreditation bodies that are approved by the United States Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration in certifying methadone detoxification and maintenance programs in New Hampshire.


State: New Hampshire
Program: Behavioral Health Care
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
State Reference: NH ADC HE-A 304.03
Setting/Service: Opioid Detoxification and Methadone Maintenance, Treatment and Rehabilitation Programs
Type of Recognition: Licensure

To be certified under He-A 304, an applicant for certification shall:

(a) Be in compliance with He-A 301 through He-A 304;

(b) Have either:

(1) A current accreditation as an opioid treatment program (OTP) from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) or another Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)-approved OTP accrediting body;

or

(2) A provisional certification as an OTP from SAMHSA;


State: New Hampshire
Program: Behavioral Health Care
Agency: Health Services Planning and Review Board
State Reference: NH ADC HE-HEA 701.01
Setting/Service: Comprehensive Physical Rehabilitation Services
Type of Recognition: Licensure

(i) ‘Comprehensive physical rehabilitation facility‘ means:

(1) A facility that has been licensed as a specialty hospital in accordance with RSA 151 to offer comprehensive physical rehabilitation services and is certified by CMS or accredited by JCAHO or other accreditation agency that has received deemed status by CMS;

(2) A facility that has been licensed as an acute care hospital in accordance with RSA 151 and approved by CMS or accredited by JCAHO or other accreditation agency that has received deemed status by CMS to provide comprehensive physical rehabilitation services in a distinct part unit.

(j) ‘Comprehensive physical rehabilitation services means those specialized medical, social, educational, vocational, physical, occupational, speech, hearing, psychological, respiratory and recreational therapies and prosthetic and orthotic services offered in or as part of a comprehensive physical rehabilitation facility for the purposes of restoring an individual disabled by disease or injury to the highest physical, vocational and economic usefulness of which he or she is capable.


State: New Hampshire
Program: Behavioral Health Care
Agency: Mental Health Services System
State Reference: N.H. Rev. Stat. § 135-C:10 
Setting/Service: Mental Health Programs
Type of Recognition: Licensure

II. The rules may require community mental health programs to:

(a) Be accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals;

(b) Be making adequate progress as determined by the commissioner toward obtaining accreditation by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals;

or

(c) Meet standards, developed by the commissioner, which are comparable to those required for accreditation by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals for programs choosing not to seek such accreditation.

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.