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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: Rhode Island
Program: Behavioral Health Care
Agency: Department of Delinquent and Dependent Children
State Reference: Gen.Laws 1956, § 14-5-2
Setting/Service: Chemical Dependency Treatment for Children or Minors
Type of Recognition: Licensure

(1) “Child” or “Minor” means any person under eighteen (18) years of age who is not married, is not a parent, or is not emancipated.

(2) “Chemical dependency” means addiction to alcohol and/or other drugs.

(3) “Licensed treatment facilities” means:

(i) A licensed hospital located in Rhode Island which is accredited by the joint commission on the accreditation of hospitals;

(ii) An inpatient facility with residential rehabilitation treatment and/or detoxification programs as licensed by the department of mental health, retardation, and hospitals and accredited by the joint commission on accreditation of hospitals. Treatment must be rendered under the direct supervision of a licensed doctor of medicine;


State: Rhode Island
Program: Health Care Staffing Services
Agency: Department of Health
State Reference: R5-34.1-Pool, 2.4
Setting/Service: Nursing Pool
Type of Recognition: Licensure

Within 24 months of initial licensure, the nursing pool shall attain appropriate certification from an accreditation agency, as defined in section 1.1 herein – Joint Commission is approved


State: Rhode Island
Program: Disease-Specific Care
Agency: Department of Health
State Reference: Gen.Laws 1956, § 23-78.1-3
Setting/Service: Primary Stroke Centers
Type of Recognition: Licensure/Designation

(a) The director of the department of health shall establish a process to recognize primary stroke centers in Rhode Island. A hospital shall be designated as a “Rhode Island primary stroke center” if it has received a certificate of distinction for primary stroke centers issued by the joint commission on accreditation of healthcare organizations (joint commission);

(b) The department of health shall recognize as many hospitals as Rhode Island primary stroke centers as apply and are awarded certification by the joint commission (or other nationally recognized certification body, if a formal process is developed in the future)


State: Rhode Island
Program: Hospitals
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
State Reference: Rules and Regulations for Licensing of Hospitals (R23-17-HOSP) § 2.4
Setting/Service: Hospital
Type of Recognition: Licensure

The hospital shall maintain current accreditation by any organization granted deeming authority by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

State: Rhode Island
Program: Office-Based Surgery
Agency: Department of Health and Safety
State Reference: Gen.Laws 1956, § 23-17-2 Gen.Laws 1956, § 23-17-50
Setting/Service: Physician Ambulatory Surgery Centers
Type of Recognition: Licensure

(13) “Physician ambulatory surgery center” means an office or portion of an office which is utilized for the purpose of furnishing surgical services to the owner and/or operator's own patients on an ambulatory basis, and shall include both single-practice physician ambulatory surgery centers and multi-practice physician ambulatory surgery centers. A “single-practice physician ambulatory surgery center” is a physician ambulatory center owned and/or operated by a physician controlled professional service corporation as defined in chapter 5.1 of title 7 (the “Professional Service Corporation Law”), or a physician controlled limited liability company (as defined in chapter 16 of title 7 (the “Limited Liability Company Act”)) in which no physician is an officer, shareholder, director, or employee of any other corporation engaged in the practice of the same profession, or a private physician's office (whether owned and/or operated by an individual practitioner, alone or as a member of a partnership, professional service corporation, limited liability company, organization, or association).

A “multi-practice physician ambulatory surgery center” is a physician ambulatory surgery center owned and/or operated by a physician controlled professional service corporation (as defined in the Professional Service Corporation Law) or a physician controlled limited liability company (as defined in the Limited Liability Company Act) in which a physician is also an officer, shareholder, director, or employee of another corporation engaged in the practice of the same profession, or a group of physicians' offices (whether owned and/or operated by an individual practitioner, alone or as a member of a partnership, professional service corporation, limited liability company, organization, or association).

(a) Accreditation from a national organization acceptable to the director may be required, at the discretion of the director, in lieu of an annual survey by the department. (The Joint Commission is approved)


State: Rhode Island
Program: Office-Based Surgery
Agency: Department of Health and Safety
State Reference: Gen.Laws 1956, § 23-17-2 Gen.Laws 1956, § 23-17-57
Setting/Service: Podiatry Ambulatory Surgery Centers
Type of Recognition: Licensure

(14) “Podiatry ambulatory surgery center” means an office or portion of an office which is utilized for the purpose of furnishing surgical services to the owner and/or operator's own patients on an ambulatory basis, and shall include both single-practice podiatry ambulatory surgery centers and multi-practice podiatry ambulatory surgery centers. A “single-practice podiatry ambulatory surgery center” is a podiatry ambulatory center owned and/or operated by a podiatrist controlled professional service corporation as (defined in chapter 5.1 of title 7 (the “Professional Service Corporation Law”)), or a podiatrist controlled limited liability company (as defined in chapter 16 of title 7 (the “Limited Liability Company Act”)) in which no podiatrist is an officer, shareholder, director, or employee of any other corporation engaged in the practice of the same profession, or a private podiatrist's office (whether owned and/or operated by an individual practitioner, alone or as a member of a partnership, professional service corporation, limited liability company, organization, or association).

A “multi-practice podiatry ambulatory surgery center” is a podiatry ambulatory surgery center owned and/or operated by a podiatry controlled professional service corporation (as defined in the Professional Service Corporation Law) or a podiatry controlled limited liability company (as defined in the Limited Liability Company Act) in which a podiatrist is also an officer, shareholder, director, or employee of another corporation engaged in the practice of the same profession, or a group of podiatrists' offices (whether owned and/or operated by a an individual practitioner, alone or as a member of a partnership, professional service corporation, limited liability company, organization, or association).

(a) Accreditation from a national organization acceptable to the director may be required, at the discretion of the director, in lieu of an annual survey by the department. The Joint Commission is an approved accrediting body.


State: Rhode Island
Program: Behavioral Health Care
Agency: Department of Mental Health, Retardation and Hospitals
State Reference: RI ADC 46-1-13:2.0 and RI ADC 46-1-9:5.0
Setting/Service: Opioid Treatment Programs and Facilities
Type of Recognition: Licensure

2.5 A license to operate an Opioid Treatment Program requires:

A. Registration with the Rhode Island Department of Health

B. Registration with the Drug Enforcement Administration

C. Compliance with all applicable Rhode Island Behavioral Healthcare Regulations

D. Accreditation by an accrediting organization approved by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

E. Compliance with all applicable federal regulations

a) An Opioid Treatment Facility shall submit an application for a new license if there is a change in the Program Sponsor and/or Owner and/or Operator under either the State license or the Federal certification standards, Federal Regulations, or the DEA. The Department shall inform the applicable Federal Authorities and accreditation bodies if the Program Sponsor, Owner and/or Operator of a licensed Opioid Treatment Facility changes. Change of Program Sponsor under the various applicable state federal regulations and accreditation requirements shall immediately necessitate application for a new license from the Department.

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.