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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: Wyoming
Program: Behavioral Health Care
Agency: Department of Health
State Reference: WY ADC HLTH MDCD Ch. 30 s 4  
Setting/Service: Psychiatric Hospital, Rehabilitation Facility, Residential Treatment Center
Type of Recognition: Medicaid

(oooo) “Psychiatric hospital.” An institution that is accredited as a psychiatric hospital by the JCAHO.

(vvvv) “Rehabilitation facility.” A free-standing rehabilitation treatment facility accredited by the JCAHO and operated primarily for the purposes of furnishing rehabilitative services.

(xxxx) “Residential treatment center (RTC).” A facility or program accredited by the JCAHO, and operated for the primary purpose of providing residential psychiatric care to persons under age twenty-one, except as otherwise specified in this Chapter. The only services provided in an RTC that are covered services are extended psychiatric services.


State: Wyoming
Program: Behavioral Health Care
Agency: Department of Health
State Reference: WY ADC HLTH SA Ch. 16 s 5
Setting/Service: Substance Abuse Service Providers
Type of Recognition: Licensure

(b) All certified substance abuse service providers shall meet the requirements set forth in these rules, provided, however, if a program holds current accreditation from a recognized accreditation organization, such as the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Organizations (JCAHO), the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), or the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), such accreditation may, in the discretion of the Department, waive applicable provisions of these rules. In the event a program is certified by another such agency, it may petition the Department for a waiver of these rules. The petition shall identify the accrediting agency and describe with particularity the services accredited. It shall also identify the specific portions of these rules the petitioner seeks to have waived. The decision to waive shall be within the sole discretion of the Department.

State: Wyoming
Program: Behavioral Health Care
Agency: Department of Health
State Reference: WY ADC HLTH MDCD Ch. 26 s 4
Setting/Service: Residential Treatment Centers
Type of Recognition: Licensure

(rrrr) “RTC.” Residential treatment center. A facility or program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) or Council on Accreditation for Children and Family Services (COA) or the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), and operated for the primary purpose of providing residential psychiatric care to persons under age twenty-one, except as otherwise specified in this Chapter.

State: Wyoming
Program: Laboratory
Agency: Department of Health
State Reference: WY ADC HLTH CL Ch. 1 s 4 
Setting/Service: Laboratory
Type of Recognition: Licensure

(f) “Clinical laboratory” means any facility for the microbiological, serologic, chemical, hematological, biophysical, cytological, or pathological examination of materials derived from the human body for the purpose of obtaining information for the diagnosis, prevention, or treatment of disease or the assessment of medical condition. (g) “Inspection” means the on-site inspection of a facility by a qualified, trained employee of the state agency or by qualified individuals employed by the federal government, the College of American Pathologists (CAP), or the Joint Commission for the Accreditation of Hospitals (JCAHO).

State: Wyoming
Program: Disease-Specific Care
Agency: Department of Health
State Reference: 35-2-1001
Setting/Service: Comprehensive Stroke Center Primary Stroke Center Acute Stroke Ready Center
Type of Recognition: L/C

Effective 2015

(a) The department of health shall establish by rule and regulation the process for recognition and designation of hospitals as:

(i) Heart attack receiving centers;

(ii) Heart attack referring centers;

(iii) Comprehensive stroke centers;

(iv) Primary stroke centers; and

(v) Acute stroke ready centers

(b) The designation of hospitals pursuant to subsection (a) of this section shall recognize those hospitals that are accredited by the society for cardiovascular patient care, the American heart association, the joint commission on the accreditation of healthcare organizations or another nationally recognized accreditation organization as determined by the department in its rules and regulations.


State: Wyoming
Program: Ambulatory Health Care
Agency: Department of Public Health
State Reference: W.S.1977 § 35-2-907
Setting/Service: All healthcare facilities
Type of Recognition: Licensure

(a) Except as otherwise provided in this section every licensed health care facility shall be periodically inspected by the division under rules and regulations promulgated by the department. A licensed health care facility which has been accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting body approved by federal regulations shall be granted a license renewal without further inspection. Inspection reports shall be prepared on forms prescribed by the division. Licensees accredited by the nationally recognized accrediting body shall submit the inspection report pursuant to its accreditation. If the standards of the nationally recognized accrediting body fail to meet or exceed the state standards for licensure, the division may inspect the licensed facility with regard to those matters which did not meet state standards.


State: Wyoming
Program: Hospitals
Agency: Department of Public Health
State Reference: WY ST § 35-2-907  
Setting/Service: Hospital
Type of Recognition: Licensure

(a) Except as otherwise provided in this section every licensed health care facility shall be periodically inspected by the division under rules and regulations promulgated by the department. A licensed health care facility which has been accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting body approved by federal regulations shall be granted a license renewal without further inspection. Inspection reports shall be prepared on forms prescribed by the division. Licensees accredited by the nationally recognized accrediting body shall submit the inspection report pursuant to its accreditation. If the standards of the nationally recognized accrediting body fail to meet or exceed the state standards for licensure, the division may inspect the licensed facility with regard to those matters which did not meet state standards.

State: Wyoming
Program: Home Care
Agency: Department of Public Health and Safety
State Reference: W.S.1977 § 35-2-907
Setting/Service: Health Care Facilities and Services
Type of Recognition: Licensure

(a) Except as otherwise provided in this section every licensed health care facility shall be periodically inspected by the division under rules and regulations promulgated by the department. A licensed health care facility which has been accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting body approved by federal regulations shall be granted a license renewal without further inspection. Inspection reports shall be prepared on forms prescribed by the division. Licensees accredited by the nationally recognized accrediting body shall submit the inspection report pursuant to its accreditation. If the standards of the nationally recognized accrediting body fail to meet or exceed the state standards for licensure, the division may inspect the licensed facility with regard to those matters which did not meet state standards.

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.