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TJC can accredit psych hospitals, says CMS
The Joint Commission can start accrediting psychiatric hospitals, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced in late February 2011. The approval, which lasts for the next four years, will allow psychiatric facilities to seek deemed status on a voluntary basis. It is not required for those hospitals seeking Medicare approval, and they may be surveyed by another accredited body or state surveyors.
Proposed CMS rule may impact hospitals
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid services published a new proposed rule related to patient notification of right to access survey agencies and Medicare beneficiary notification of the right to access quality improvement organizations. Published on Feb. 2, 2011, the proposed rule for providers and suppliers requires that they let patients know they can file complaints with the quality improvement organization in their state.
The proposed rule says that they have to give Medicare beneficiaries written information on how to contact the quality improvement organization. In addition, they are proposing that some Medicare providers and suppliers may have to inform every patient about the appropriate state quality agency and provide contact information.
Comments are requested by April 4, 2011. The entire rule can be seen at http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/pdf/2011-2275.pdf.