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

CLIA Certification

State: West Virginia
Program: Disease-Specific Care
Agency: Department of Health
State Reference: §16-5B-18
Setting/Service: comprehensive, primary and acute stroke-ready
Type of Recognition: L/C

§16-5B-18.  Designation of comprehensive, primary and acute stroke-ready hospitals; reporting requirements; rulemaking.

       (a) A hospital, as that term is defined in section one of this article, may apply to the Department of Health and Human Resources to be recognized and certified as a comprehensive stroke center, a primary stroke center or an acute stroke-ready hospital.  The appropriate designation shall be granted by the Department of Health and Human Resources based upon criteria recognized by the American Heart Association, the Joint Commission or other nationally recognized organization as set forth in legislative rules as provided in subsection (d) of this section.


State: West Virginia
Program: Behavioral Health Care
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
State Reference: WV ADC § 78-3-22
Setting/Service: Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility for Persons Under 21
Type of Recognition: Licensure

A psychiatric residential treatment facility for persons under twenty-one is a freestanding or physically distinct part of a psychiatric inpatient organization that provides services and treatment to children who do not need acute care, but require intensive and coordinated services in a residential setting in a manner consistent with federal requirements (42 CFR §§ 483.350 and 441.151). A psychiatric residential treatment facility provides a continually, medically-supervised interdisciplinary program of behavioral health treatment. A psychiatric residential treatment facility shall be appropriately accredited as required by federal standards. Where differing accreditation, certification or licensing standards exist, the more stringent standard applies.

State: West Virginia
Program: Hospitals
Agency: Department of Health Services
State Reference: WV ST 16-5B-5a
Setting/Service: Hospital
Type of Recognition: Licensure

The state department of health and human resources shall grant an exemption from a periodic license inspection during the year following accreditation if a hospital applies by submitting evidence of its accreditation by the joint commission on accreditation of health care organizations or the American osteopathic association and submits a complete copy of the commission's accreditation report.

If the accreditation of a hospital is for a period longer than one year, the state department of health and human resources may conduct at least one license inspection of the hospital after the first year of accreditation and before the accreditation has expired and may conduct additional license inspections if needed. Hospitals receiving a three-year accreditation shall conduct annual self-evaluations using the current year accreditation manual for hospitals (AMH) unless the state department of health and human resources informs the hospital that the hospital will be inspected by the state department of health and human resources. Hospitals are not required to conduct self-evaluations for any calendar year during which they are inspected by the state department of health and human resources. These self-evaluations shall be completed and placed on file in the hospital by the thirty-first day of March of each year. Hospitals shall make the results of the self-evaluation available to the state department of health and human resources if requested.

Accreditation reports filed with the state department of health and human resources shall be treated as confidential in accordance with section ten of this article.


State: West Virginia
Program: Behavioral Health Care
Agency: Public Health
State Reference: §16-5Y-5
Setting/Service: Medication-assisted treatment programs
Type of Recognition: Value add: Medical Director Oversight

Each medication-assisted treatment program shall designate a medical director. If the medication-assisted treatment program is accredited by a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) approved accrediting body that meets nationally accepted standards for providing medication-assisted treatment, including the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) or the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, then the program may designate a medical director to oversee all facilities associated with the accredited medication-assisted treatment program. The medical director shall be responsible for the operation of the medication-assisted treatment program, as further specified in the rules promulgated pursuant to this article.  He or she may delegate the day to day operation of medication-assisted treatment program as provided in rules promulgated pursuant to this article. Within ten days after termination of a medical director, the medication-assisted treatment program shall notify the director of the identity of another medical director for that program.  Failure to have a medical director practicing at the program may be the basis for a suspension or revocation of the program license.


State: West Virginia
Program: Behavioral Health Care
Agency: West Virginia Insurance Commissioner
State Reference: WV ADC § 85-15-3
Setting/Service: Physical Rehabilitation Hospital
Type of Recognition: Insurance

“Physical rehabilitation hospital“ means any of the following institutions or facilities: 

 A duly licensed hospital that meets the requirements for rehabilitation hospitals as described in section 2803.2 of the Medicare provider reimbursement manual, part 1, as amended, or any successor provision, as published by the United States health care financing administration; and that, for its in-patient services, obtains on or before December 31, 1994, and thereafter maintains accreditation from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations and, further, on or before July 1, 1995, obtains and thereafter maintains accreditation from the Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities.

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.