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The act of granting approval to a healthcare organization based on whether the organization has met a set of voluntary standards developed by an accreditation agency
The act of granting approval for a healthcare organization to provide services to a specific group of beneficiaries
The process of meeting a prescribed set of standards or regulations to maintain active accreditation, licensure, or certification status
The examination of a healthcare facility and its processes and infrastructures as required by state laws and regulations
Conditions of Participation
A set of regulations published by the CMS to outline requirements of approved programs providing healthcare services to beneficiaries of Medicare/Medicaid programs
The term used for the assumption by CMS that an organization meets the Medicare/Medicaid Conditions of Participation as a result of prior accreditation by AAAHC, AOA, CARF, or the Joint Commission
An in-depth study performed by accreditation surveyors of an organization's policies and procedures, administrative records, human resources records, and other similiar documents
A meeting that closes a site visit during which the surveyors representing an accrediting organization summarize their findings and explain any deficiencies
The process of granting a healthcare organization or an individual healthcare practitioner a license to practice
A meeting conducted at the beginning of the accreditation site visit during which the surveyors outline the schedule of activities and list any individuals whom they would like to interview
Quality Improvement Organizations (QIO)
Private or public agencies contracted by the CMS to undertake examination and evaluation of the quality of healthcare rendered to beneficiaries of federal healthcare programs
An in-person review conducted by an accreditation survey team; the visit involves document reviews, staff interviews and other activities
A group of individuals sent by an accrediting agency to review a healthcare organization for accreditation purposes
A process Join Commission surveyors use during the on-site survey to analyze an organization's systems; by following individual patients through the organization's healthcare process as experienced by patients
An examination of an organization's structures and processes conducted at the request of a healthcare facility seeking accreditation from a reviewing agency
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