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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: Wisconsin
Program: Home Care
Agency: Department of Health
State Reference: W.S.A. 50.92
Setting/Service: Hospices
Type of Recognition: Licensure

(4)(a) In lieu of inspecting or investigating a hospice under sub. (3) prior to issuance of a license, the department may accept evidence that a hospice applying for licensure under s. 50.93 has been inspected under and is currently certified as meeting the conditions for Medicare participation under 42 USC 1395 to 1395ccc. If a hospice fails to meet the conditions for Medicare participation under 42 USC 1395 to 1395ccc, the department shall inspect or investigate the hospice under sub. (3) before initially issuing a license for the hospice. (b) In lieu of inspecting or investigating a hospice under sub. (3) prior to issuance of a license, the department may accept evidence that a hospice applying for licensure under s. 50.93 has been inspected under and is currently in compliance with the hospice requirements of the joint commission for the accreditation of health organizations. A hospice shall provide the department with a copy of the report by the joint commission for the accreditation of health organizations of each periodic review the association conducts of the hospice.

State: Wisconsin
Program: Laboratory
Agency: Department of Health and Family Services
State Reference:
Setting/Service: Laboratory
Type of Recognition: Licensure

CLIA Certification

State: Wisconsin
Program: Behavioral Health Care
Agency: Department of Health Services
State Reference: WI ADC s DHS 61.20
Setting/Service: Adult Psychiatric Inpatient, Children and Adolescent Inpatient, Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, Developmental Disabilities or Community Mental Health
Type of Recognition: Licensure

(3) Waiver.

(a) If a board believes its program should not have to comply with a standard, it may request a waiver. The request shall be in writing to the department. It shall identify the standard and explain why noncompliance would not diminish the effectiveness of its program.

(b) If the program holds current accreditation issued by the joint commission on accreditation of hospitals, the requirement to meet these standards may be waived by the department. The accreditation by JCAHO must be for an appropriate category such as adult psychiatric inpatient, children and adolescents inpatient, alcoholism and drug abuse, developmental disabilities, or community mental health standards.


State: Wisconsin
Program: Behavioral Health Care
Agency: Department of Health Services
State Reference: WI ADC s DHS 73.03
Setting/Service: Community Substance Abuse Services
Type of Recognition: Licensure

4. Methods for evaluating and measuring the effectiveness of services and using the information for service improvement.

(b) A service shall have a process in place for determining the effective utilization of staff and resources toward the attainment of patient treatment outcomes and the service's goals and objectives.

(c) A service shall have a system for regular review of the appropriateness of the components of the treatment service and other factors that may contribute to the effective use of the service's resources.

(d) A service shall obtain a completed patient satisfaction survey from a representative sample of all patients at or following their discharge from the service. The service shall keep all satisfaction surveys on file for 2 years and shall make them available for review by authorized representatives of the department upon request.

(e) A service shall collect data on patient outcomes at patient discharge and may collect data on patient outcomes after discharge.

(f) The service director shall complete an annual report on the service's progress in meeting goals, objectives and patient outcomes, and shall keep the report on file and shall make it available for review to an authorized representative of the department upon request.

(g) The governing authority or legal owner of the service and the service director shall review all evaluation reports and make changes in service operations, as appropriate.

(h) If a service holds current accreditation from a recognized accreditation organization, such as the joint commission on accreditation of health organizations, the commission on accreditation of rehabilitation facilities or the national committee for quality assurance, the requirements under this section may be waived by the department.


State: Wisconsin
Program: Home Care
Agency: Pharmacy Examining Board
State Reference: Phar 14
Setting/Service: Home Medical Oxygen Suppliers
Type of Recognition: L/C

Applicants for Home medical Oxygen suppliers must, among other requirements, show and maintain evidence of accreditation as a DME/HME by a nationally-recognized accrediting organization recognized by CMS.

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.