New hospital accreditation organization approved by CMS

Peter GriffithLast week at the OAHQ annual conference I learned that the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has approved the first new hospital accreditation organization in more than 30 years.

The reason this is important is that Medicare’s accreditation of hospitals is critical to their payment of claims. This annual process can determine compliance with Medicare Conditions of Participation quickly rendering this payment system more efficient and faster.

The recently approved accrediting program is known as the National Integrated Accreditation for Healthcare Organizations (NIAHO) by DNV Healthcare. DNV Healthcare joins the Joint Commission and the American Osteopathic Association as the only national hospital accreditors approved by CMS.

The NIAHO standard specifies the requirements for a quality management system as “Measurement, monitoring and analysis of processes throughout the organization require established measures that have the ability to detect variation, identify problem processes, identify both positive and negative outcomes, and effectiveness of actions taken to improve performance and/or reduce risks. . . ”

Here at PQ, we support healthcare organizations in their accreditation processes by providing process improvement charting software and services.

Learn more about DNV Healthcare’s approval.