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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: Virginia
Program: Disease-Specific Care
Agency: Board of Health
State Reference: Va. Code Ann. § 32.1-111.3
Setting/Service: Primary Stroke Centers
Type of Recognition: Licensure/Designation

C. The Board of Health shall also develop and maintain as a component of the Emergency Medical Services Plan a statewide prehospital and interhospital Stroke Triage Plan designed to promote rapid access for stroke patients to appropriate, organized stroke care through the publication and regular updating of information on resources for stroke care and generally accepted criteria for stroke triage and appropriate transfer.

The Stroke Triage Plan shall include:

1. A strategy for maintaining the statewide Stroke Triage Plan through formal regional stroke triage plans that incorporate each region's geographic variations and stroke care capabilities and resources, including hospitals designated as “primary stroke centers” through certification by the Joint Commission or a comparable process consistent with the recommendations of the Brain Attack Coalition. The regional stroke triage plans shall be reviewed triennially.


State: Virginia
Program: Behavioral Health Care
Agency: Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services
State Reference: 12 VA ADC 35-105-930
Setting/Service: Opioid Treatment Services Providers
Type of Recognition: Licensure

A. The opioid treatment service shall maintain current registration or certification with:

1. The Federal Drug Enforcement Administration;

2. The federal Department of Health and Human Services;

and

3. The Virginia Board of Pharmacy.

B. If required by federal regulations, a provider of opioid treatment services shall be required to maintain accreditation with an entity approved under federal regulations.


State: Virginia
Program: Behavioral Health Care
Agency: Department of Health
State Reference: Va. Code Ann. § 32.1-125.1
Setting/Service: Hospital Psychiatric Services
Type of Recognition: Licensure

Notwithstanding any provision of law to the contrary, all hospitals licensed by the Department of Health or Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services which have been certified under the provisions of Title XVIII of the Social Security Act for hospital or psychiatric services or which have obtained accreditation from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations may be subject to inspections so long as such certification or accreditation is maintained but only to the extent necessary to ensure the public health and safety.

State: Virginia
Program: Ambulatory Health Care
Agency: Department of Health
State Reference: 12 VA ADC 5-410-50
Setting/Service: Outpatient Hospitals
Type of Recognition: Licensure

Hospitals to be licensed shall be classified as general hospitals, special hospitals or outpatient hospitals defined by 12 VAC 5-410-10.

“Outpatient hospital” means institutions as defined by § 32.1-123 of the Code of Virginia that primarily provide facilities for the performance of surgical procedures on outpatients. Such patients may require treatment in a medical environment exceeding the normal capability found in a physician's office, but do not require inpatient hospitalization. Outpatient abortion clinics are deemed a category of outpatient hospitals.

A. The OLC may presume that a hospital accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) and certified for participation in Title XVIII of the Social Security Act (Medicare) generally meets the requirements of Part II (12 VAC 5-410-170 et seq.) of this chapter provided the following conditions are met:

1. The hospital provides to the OLC, upon request, a copy of the most current accreditation survey findings made by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations; and

2. The hospital notifies the OLC within 10 days after receipt of any notice of revocation or denial of accreditation by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.


State: Virginia
Program: Home Care
Agency: Department of Health
State Reference: 12 VA ADC 5-381-30 
Setting/Service: Home Health Agencies
Type of Recognition: Licensure

A. This chapter is not applicable to those individuals and home care organizations listed in § 32.1-162.8 of the Code of Virginia. Organizations planning to seek federal certification as a home health agency or national accreditation must first obtain state licensure and provide services to clients before applying for national accreditation or federal certification.

State: Virginia
Program: Home Care
Agency: Department of Health
State Reference: Va. Code Ann. § 32.1-162.8
Setting/Service: Home Care Organizations
Type of Recognition: Licensure

Home Care Organization Licensing, Exemptions from article:

3. Any home care organization located in the Commonwealth that is:

a. Certified by the Department of Health under provisions of Title XVIII or Title XIX of the Social Security Act;

b. Approved for payments for home health or personal care by the Department of Medical Assistance Services;

c. Accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation for Health Organizations, the National League of Nursing or the National Home Caring Council; or

d. Licensed for hospice services under Article 7 (§ 32.1-162.1 et seq.) of this chapter.


State: Virginia
Program: Home Care
Agency: Department of Health
State Reference: Va. Code Ann. § 32.1-162.10
Setting/Service: Home Care Organizations
Type of Recognition: Licensure

The Commissioner may cause each home care organization licensed under this article to be periodically inspected at reasonable times. Notwithstanding the foregoing or any other provision of this article, any home care organization which has obtained accreditation or has been certified as provided in subdivision 3 of § 32.1-162.8 may be subject to inspection so long as such accreditation or certification is maintained but only to the extent necessary to ensure the public health and safety.

State: Virginia
Program: Hospitals
Agency: Department of Health
State Reference: 12 VAC 5-410-140
Setting/Service: Hospital
Type of Recognition: Licensure

Inspection procedure.

A. The OLC may presume that a hospital accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) and certified for participation in Title XVIII of the Social Security Act (Medicare) generally meets the requirements of Part II (12 VAC 5-410-170 et seq.) of this chapter provided the following conditions are met:

1. The hospital provides to the OLC, upon request, a copy of the most current accreditation survey findings made by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations; and

2. The hospital notifies the OLC within 10 days after receipt of any notice of revocation or denial of accreditation by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.


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

CLIA Certification

State: Virginia
Program: Behavioral Health Care
Agency: Department of Medical Assistance Services
State Reference: 12 VA ADC 30-130-880
Setting/Service: Residential Psychiatric Treatment for Children and Adolescents
Type of Recognition: Insurance

B. Providers of Residential Treatment Services (Level C) must be:

1. A residential treatment program for children and adolescents licensed by DMHMRSAS that is located in a psychiatric hospital accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations;

2. A residential treatment program for children and adolescents licensed by DMHMRSAS that is located in a psychiatric unit of an acute general hospital accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations;

or

3. A psychiatric facility that is

(i) accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, the Council on Quality and Leadership in Supports for People with Disabilities, or the Council on Accreditation of Services for Families and Children

and

(ii) licensed by DMHMRSAS as a residential treatment program for children and adolescents.

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.