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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: Tennessee
Program: Ambulatory Health Care
Agency: Department of Health
State Reference: T. C. A. § 68-11-210
Setting/Service: All healthcare facilities licensed by the Tenn. Dept. of Health
Type of Recognition: Licensure

(5)(A) All health care facilities licensed by the department that have obtained accreditation from a federally recognized accrediting health care organization shall be deemed to meet all applicable licensing requirements. Such facilities may be subject to an inspection by the department and shall continue to be subject to subdivisions (b)(3)(D), and (E), but may be exempt from subdivision (a)(1) so long as the facility remains accredited.

State: Tennessee
Program: Hospitals
Agency: Department of Health
State Reference: T. C. A. § 68-11-210
Setting/Service: Hospital
Type of Recognition: Licensure

5)(A) All health care facilities licensed by the department that have obtained accreditation from a federally recognized accrediting health care organization shall be deemed to meet all applicable licensing requirements. Such facilities may be subject to an inspection by the department and shall continue to be subject to subdivisions (b)(3)(D), and (E), but may be exempt from subdivision (a)(1) so long as the facility remains accredited.

(B) In order to be issued a license by the department, such hospitals shall be required to annually remit the statutory licensing fees and a copy of a letter of current accreditation and accompanying report from the joint commission on accreditation of hospitals.


State: Tennessee
Program: Home Care
Agency: Department of Health and Environment and Conservation
State Reference:  TN ADC 1200-08-29-.04
Setting/Service: DME (Durable Medical Equipment)
Type of Recognition: Licensure

(4) Accreditation. Any home medical equipment provider accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations, Community Health Accreditation Program or other approved accrediting bodies may submit documents evidencing current accreditation and shall be presumed to comply with the requirements of the Board. Licensing of a home medical equipment provider which has been accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations, Community Health Accreditation Program or other approved accrediting bodies shall become effective upon written notification from the Board's staff that the accreditation meets the standards set out in the rules and regulations promulgated pursuant to T.C.A. §§ 68-11-201, et seq.

State: Tennessee
Program: Nursing Care Center
Agency: Department of Health, Safety and Environmental Protection
State Reference: T. C. A. § 68-11-210
Setting/Service: All Health Care Facilities
Type of Recognition: Licensure

(A) “Health care facility” includes hospital, recuperation center, nursing home, birthing center, prescribed child care center, home for the aged, residential HIV supportive living facility, assisted-care living facility and adult care home, as defined in this part; and (5)(A) All health care facilities licensed by the department that have obtained accreditation from a federally recognized accrediting health care organization shall be deemed to meet all applicable licensing requirements. Such facilities may be subject to an inspection by the department and shall continue to be subject to subdivisions (b)(3)(D), and (E), but may be exempt from subdivision (a)(1) so long as the facility remains accredited.

(B) In order to be issued a license by the department, such hospitals shall be required to annually remit the statutory licensing fees and a copy of a letter of current accreditation and accompanying report from the joint commission on accreditation of hospitals.

(C) The report shall be maintained as a confidential record pursuant to § 10-7-504.


State: Tennessee
Program: Behavioral Health Care
Agency: Department of Health, Safety, and Environmental Protection
State Reference: T. C. A. § 68-11-210 
Setting/Service: Recuperation Center, Prescribed Child Care Center, Residential HIV Supportive Living Facility, and Adult Care Home
Type of Recognition: Licensure

(2) For the purposes of this subsection (b), unless the context otherwise requires:

(A) “Health care facility” includes hospital, recuperation center, nursing home, birthing center, prescribed child care center, home for the aged, residential HIV supportive living facility, assisted-care living facility and adult care home, as defined in this part; and (5)(A) All health care facilities licensed by the department that have obtained accreditation from a federally recognized accrediting health care organization shall be deemed to meet all applicable licensing requirements. Such facilities may be subject to an inspection by the department and shall continue to be subject to subdivisions (b)(3)(D), and (E), but may be exempt from subdivision (a)(1) so long as the facility remains accredited.

(B) In order to be issued a license by the department, such hospitals shall be required to annually remit the statutory licensing fees and a copy of a letter of current accreditation and accompanying report from the joint commission on accreditation of hospitals.

(C) The report shall be maintained as a confidential record pursuant to § 10-7-504. 2) To be considered for a deemed compliance status determination under this section, the licensee must submit written and official evidence of certification for accreditation to the Department including any cited deficiencies with plan of correction.


State: Tennessee
Program: Behavioral Health Care
Agency: Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
State Reference: 0465-02
Setting/Service: Intellectual Disabilities Adult Habilitation Day Facilities/Services Developmental Disabilities Adult Habilitation Day Facilities/Services Developmental Disabilities Preschool Facilities/Services Diagnosis and Evaluation Facilities Institutional Habilitation Facilities Residential Habilitation Facilities Boarding Home Facilities Placement Services Respite Care Services Semi-Independent Living Services Personal Support Services Agencies Supported Living Services Facilities Support Coordination Agencies Life Safety Licensure Rules
Type of Recognition: L/C

Rule Number

Rule Title

0465-02-04-.01

Intellectual Disabilities Adult Habilitation Day Facilities/Services

0465-02-04-.02

Developmental Disabilities Adult Habilitation Day Facilities/Services

0465-02-04-.03

Developmental Disabilities Preschool Facilities/Services

0465-02-04-.04

Diagnosis and Evaluation Facilities

0465-02-04-.05

Institutional Habilitation Facilities

0465-02-04-.06

Residential Habilitation Facilities

046 5-02-04-.07

Boarding Home Facilities

0465-02-04-.08

Placement Services

0465-02-04-.09

Respite Care Services

0465-02-04-.10

Semi-Independent Living Services

0465-02-04-.11

Personal Support Services Agencies

0465-02-04-.12

Supported Living Services Facilities

0465-02-04-.13

Support Coordination Agencies

0465-02-04

Life Safety Licensure Rules

0465-02-02-.12 DEEMED COMPLIANCE.

(1) A facility or service which is accredited or certified by any of the following may be deemed by the Department to be in compliance ("deemed compliance status") with applicable licensure program requirements:

(a) The Joint Commission (TJC). formerly Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations (JCAHO);

(b) Council on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF);

(c) Social Security Act, Title XIX, Public Law 89-98, as amended (Medicaid) for Intermediate Care· Facilities for the Mentally Retarded (ICF/llD) oniy;

( d) The Accreditation Council on Services for People with Disabilities;

(e) Council on Accreditation for Children and Famjly Service;

(f) National Commission on Accreditation for Special Education Services (NCASES);

(g) Council on Quality and Leadership (CQL); or

(h) Department of Education Early Intervention (Certification for center based facilities, Approval for community based facilities).


State: Tennessee
Program: Behavioral Health Care
Agency: Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities
State Reference: TN ADC 0940-05-01-.01 and TN ADC 0940-05-02-.11
Setting/Service: Behavioral Health Care Facilities and Programs
Type of Recognition: Licensure

(17) “Facility” means an institution, treatment resource, group residence, boarding home, sheltered workshop, activity center, rehabilitation center, hospital, community mental health center, DUI school, counseling center, clinic, halfway house, or other entity by these or other names, providing mental health, mental retardation, and/or alcohol and drug treatment services. deemed by the Department to be in compliance (“deemed compliance status”) with applicable licensure program requirements:

a) the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations (JCAHO);

b) Council on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF);

c) Social Security Act, Title XIX, Public Law 89-98, as amended (Medicaid) for Intermediate Care Facilities for the Mentally Retarded (ICF/MR) only;

d) The Accreditation Council on Services for People with Disabilities;

or

e) Council on Accreditation for Children and Family 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.