Expanding the Roadmap to Full CMS Compliance

August 31, 2011


The more options, the better, especially when it comes to the compliance accreditation of your healthcare facility. More options mean more avenues towards full compliance and the benefits that this status brings to your organization. Back on September 26, 2008, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) expanded the options for compliance credentialing to include Det Norske Veritas Healthcare, Inc. (DNVHC). This move benefitted at least 80% of the country’s hospitals that had, for more than 50 years previous, typically regarded The Joint Commission’s (TJC) regulations as the only sounding board on hospital accreditation.

Certification by a nationally recognized, nongovernmental accreditation program is a valuable alternative to state issued compliance surveys. If CMS deems an organization’s credentialing program as meeting or exceeding Medicare requirements, it will deem them as having met the Medical Conditions of Participation or (CoPs) and qualify participation in that program to take the place of ongoing state reviews. Up until September 26, 2008, businesses could only earn “deemed status” through TJC, CMS, state agencies and the American Osteopathic Association’s HFAP (Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program).

DNVHC’s NIAHO (National Integrated Accreditation for Healthcare Organizations) has now been able to revolutionize the way organizations receive accreditation. This program combines the Medicare CoPs and the ISO 9001:2000 Quality Management Systems giving organizations a new route to accreditation. This new integrated concept provides hospitals with a unique approach to ensure compliance and facilitate continuous quality improvement.

Accreditation by an outside credentialing organization is voluntary and not mandated for Medicare participation. However, while the CMS does not require additional accreditation, we at Vanguard Resources Facility Management recommend it to advance your facility beyond those of your competitors touting only state issued Medicare compliance. Additionally, meeting with increased compliance standards benefits your overall operations, your image as a healthcare organization and the day to day onsite experiences of your physicians, staff members and patients.

Vanguard Resources’ facility-specific regulation compliance team makes educating our client partners on new compliance standards and what they mean for you and your patients a top priority. We pledge to our partners that, even during times of policy change, your facility will comply with the DNV and CMS to the highest possible standard of care.

For more information on the details of the DNV standards contact DNV directly, or for more customized feedback and compliance advice the new regulations’ direct impact upon your institution, contact Vanguard Resources.