June 11, 2008 | | Comments 0
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Joint Commission to lose "unique" deeming authority?

Hello, all. Just wanted to update you on a developing story:

Montana Democratic Senator Max Baucus, chairman of the Senate Committee on Finance, announced proposed legislation last week which included language to revoke the unique deeming authority status held by The Joint Commission.


This change would require all accrediting bodies, including The Joint Commission, to apply for hospital deeming status for hospitals—a process The Joint Commission and other accreditors undergo for other organizations and facilities (for example, laboratories and ambulatory centers). The Joint Commission currently does not need to undergo this application process for hospitals.


The Joint Commission issued a statement on Tuesday, June 10, supporting the legislation, while proposing several amendments. The Joint Commission has requested CMS issue “modernized guidelines and procedures for assessing compliance with existing conditions of participation for hospitals,” according to the official statement. The accreditor also requested a two-year period to undergo the application process following the issue of those guidelines and procedures. Finally The Joint Commission suggests that provisions are made to give the Health and Human Services (HHS) secretary the ability to create up-to-date methodology for assessing the performance of accreditors.


A summary of Senator Baucus’ proposed legislation can be found at http://finance.senate.gov/sitepages/legislation.htm.


Go to http://baucus.senate.gov/ for Senator Baucus’ Web site.


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About the Author: Matt Phillion is the director of the Association for Healthcare Accreditation Professionals and a Senior Managing Editor at HCPro, Inc., where he is the editor of the monthly publication Briefings on The Joint Commission.

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